Bishop Martin Mtumbuka’s Diocese of Karonga in Malawi’s lakeshore district of Karonga has commenced work on St. Mary’s Girls Secondary School in the district – projected to enroll 600 students upon completion, Nyasa Times has learnt.
The diocese, inaugurated in 2010, has so far – in less than three years – ambitiously been able to implement a number of projects including construction of the state-of-the-art St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral, currently in progress, and a community radio station Tuntufye FM.
Speaking Friday during inauguration of the school project, Bishop Mtumbuka thanked “donors for supporting a number of projects in the new diocese of Karonga.”
He added: “The church has a crucial role in assisting government by providing quality education to the country’s citizens.”
According to Mtumbuka the school, being constructed with funding from the United States of America’s Team Lift will be a grant aided school meaning it will be run by the government with a “certain percentage of enrollment from the Catholic Church.”
The school will add to Kaseye Girls Secondary School and Chaminade Secondary School – two other grant aided schools in the diocese.
Apart from St Mary’s Girls Boarding Schools’ project, the Diocese of Karonga also intends to construct St Mauritius Co-education Secondary School at Lura in Rumphi, St. Monica Community Day Secondary School at Wiliro and St. Ignatius Boys Secondary School at Nthalire in Chitipa with funding from the Germany government, according to the diocese’s education commission.
The Diocese is also constructing Science Laboratories at St Anne’s and Fulirwa Community Day Secondary Schools with funding from Japanese Embassy.