In its efforts to contribute towards the improvement of education, the Catholic Church in Malawi has embarked on an ambitious K2.1 billion secondary school project.
The modern school will be constructed in Kasungu District and the ground breaking ceremony took place Friday.
To be called Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, the first intake of students is expected mid next year, according to the church.
Head of Jesuits for Zambia and Malawi Province, Rev Father Emmanuel Mumba, SJ, said the state-of-the-art secondary school will offer education up to A-levels with around 500 boarding students regardless of one’s religion.
Father Mumba said during the ground breaking ceremony at Juma Village in the area of TA Mwase, the Society of Jesus will finance the project which is expected to become fully functional by 2015.
He said his church believes in offering education to as it is key to development and the weapon to fight poverty and ignorance in a society.
“The first phase is expected to be completed by mid next year but we anticipate that the whole project will be completed by the year 2015,” said Father Mumba, who has been the Provincial for Malawi and Zambia since September 1, 2011.
In Malawi, the Society of Jesus already runs two communities- St Joseph Parish also in Kasungu and the residence of Our Lady of the Way in Lilongwe.
In her remarks, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Eunice Kazembe commended the Catholic Church for its role improving the country’s education standards.
The minister noted that a sound classroom environment plays a pivotal role in promoting quality education and the provision of the facility will contribute greatly towards reducing the pressure her ministry has in allocating selected students in the country.
The minister said the importance of education could not be over-emphasised since it was key to the country’s socioeconomic development.
Kazembe also said government regards the church as a partner in development since it promotes sound educational delivery and good results in its already existing schools