Malawi Army Secondary School celebrates silver jubilee: APM to attend

The Malawi Defense Force Secondary School (MDFSS), formerly Malawi Army Secondary School, is this year commemorating 25 years of existence.  The main event celebrating the silver jubilee will be held on November 5, 2016, at the school’s campus in Nkhumbe Blantyre, where President Peter Mutharika will attend.

Kabungwe: Silver jubilee
Kabungwe: Silver jubilee

To cap this celebratory ambiance, the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) in cohort with the school’s alumni has lined up some activities Blantyre and Lilongwe.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, spokesperson for the school’s alumni, Soviet Kabungwe, said two street parades will take place Blantyre and Lilongwe aimed at hyping for the main event and to raise funds for the school.

“The Blantyre parade will start from Old Mutual through Ryalls Hotel and National Bank of Malawi Head Office, down Independence Drive through Victoria Avenue and Chipembere Highway up to the Upper Kamuzu Stadium. In Lilongwe the parade will start from City Centre to old town Game Complex,” he said, adding: “All parades will start at 8 am.”

According to Kabungwe, the parades will be led by the MDF brass band and the school is calling upon all former and current students to come in large numbers to patronize these events.

Said Kabungwe:  “As members of MDFSS alumni, we would like to take advantage of the Jubilee to raise funds to be channeled towards mitigating some of the challenges the school is currently facing.

“Among other things, we would like to build two hostel blocks, one for boys and another one for girls as well as re-stocking the library with new books plus upgrading its infrastructure. We are therefore appealing to the corporate world and any well-meaning individuals to help this obvious great concept to achieve even greater thing.”

There will also be a fund-raising dinner and dance at the Kamuzu Barracks Officer’s Mess on the evening of October 7, 2016, after the Lilongwe street parade.

Guest of honour will be Army Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri who is also patron for the school.

“The theme for the celebration is ‘we keep the faith’ and we are especially extending this invitation to all alumni of MDFSS to come and patronize these fund-raising activities and to contribute towards the betterment of their Alma-Marta,” said Kabungwe

Located at Nkhumbe in Blantyre, Malawi Defense Force Secondary School (MDFSS) is a co-education institution that was established in 1991.  The school has been among the best performing in the country at Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) and Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).

Its pass rate has always been 100 percent for JCE and above 95 percent for MSCE, which is above national average. As of 2011, the school has had 2279 pupils sitting for MSCE, and over 250 students selected to various universities within Malawi.

Many more students have also proceeded to pursue tertiary education outside the country. Every year, the school sends on average 20 pupils to the University of Malawi alone. The school’s current enrollment is at 540 pupils.

“Contributions can be made through a special bank account created for this initiative: 1002830104, Mother Mass, Capital City Branch, National Bank of Malawi, or call Lucy Chigawa on 0999697822. Unless otherwise advised, all contributions will be acknowledged through publication in the mainstream media,” said Kabungwe.

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