Malawians are in state of shock and disbelief after news broke out that renowned South African based prophet Shepherd Bushiri, silently, built a modern secondary school in his village in Rumphi, and on Friday, he sent his team to officially hand it over to government.
But true to their surprise, Bushiri—through his Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF)—has handed over to government the modern Zolokere Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Hewe, Rumphi District, which he has been building for the past years.
Bushiri, through the chief executive officer of SBF, Duncan Zgambo, handed over the school at a ceremony held at the premise on Friday.
The government was represented by the Education Division Manager for the northern region, Mzondi Moyo; District Education Manager for Rumphi, Macfarene Mzumare; and the District Commissioner for Rumphi, Fred Movete.
The four-block, modern secondary school boasts of: four classrooms with capacity of over 70 students; four offices for teachers; one library room; one laboratory room; one staff room covering over 20 teachers; one office for the head teacher and one office for the school bursar.
He further furnished the school with all the furniture for the offices, library text books, laboratory equipments and computers.
In his remarks, Zgambo said: “Dr Bushiri grew up and went to school in this area and he used to walk over 15 kilometers just to get to Zolokere Primary School. Even when got selected to Katowo CDSS, his challenge of braving distances was complicated with the fact so many of his friends could not further their studies as there were few secondary schools in his area to accommodate everybody.”
Driven by such memories of pain, Bushiri, whom God has blessed with a fortune, took it upon himself to go back to Hewe and be part of making a difference to the community that raised him.
“He might have loved to be part of this ceremony, but he has told me to tell you that he feels happy and contented to be part of being a solution to his community,” said Zgambo.
District Commissioner Movete hailed Prophet Bushiri for the project, saying it will help increase access to secondary education for the youths in the area.