Japan hands over school block to Joyce Banda Foundation

Malawian President Joyce Banda says the construction of new classroom block and girl hostels at Msigalira Secondary School will reduce the levels of student dropouts.

She was speaking Saturday at Domasi in Zomba district during the official handover ceremony of K7.5 million worth facilities built for the school by the Japanese Government.

Banda the said the blocks which include girls’ hostels accommodating 100 students, will help the school produce good results.

She also commended the government of Japan for coming in open to support Joyce Banda Foundation even at a time when everybody else was afraid to associate with her in the DPP led administration.

“I would like in a special way to thank the Japanese government for the bold decision you made to fund this project at a time when nobody wanted to associate with me for fear of reprisal by the previous administration,” said Banda.

Government of Japan approved a grant of 7.5 million for construction of the block in 201o when Banda then as vice president of Malawi had a sour relationship with the government.

Handing over the new blocks to Joyce Banda Foundation, Japanese ambassador to Malawi, Fujo Samikawa said his government will continue to support education in Malawi knowing that “better education is an indispensible tool for economic development.”

Samikawa commended the Malawi government for working hard on improving the education sector by among others implementing the free primary education policy in 1994 that saw an increase in enrolment for primary school education.

In her remarks, Joyce Banda Foundation International Director Edith Akridge said the continuation of support to the free secondary school will help a huge number of orphans who have no access to proper education.

Minister of Education Eunice Kazembe pledged on behalf of her ministry, full support to the school so that it achieves high quality results at all times.

The newly built blocks, consist of a girls hostel that will accommodate up to 100 girls, an ablution block, classrooms and a dining hall.

Built at group Village Head Man Ntogolo, Traditional Authority Malemia, Nsigalira Free Secondary School started in 2000 under Joyce Banda Foundation and enrols orphaned boys and girls.

Akridge (in Black) and Japanese envoy at the ceremony. Photo by Martin Kalima/Nyasa Times

Nsigalira Free Secondary School Students

Education Minister Eunice Kazembe

 

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