Malawi’s cream of education, Mzimba Secondary School, clocks 50 years in 2015, prompting the Mzimba Secondary School Alumni Association (MSSAA), to celebrate its establishment.
Speaking to Nyasa Times, Secretary General and spokesperson M’theto Lungu said as of June 2013, the school had an enrolment of about 580 and 13 teachers, and that it was important to do something to honour a school that has contributed highly to Malawi’s education and socio economic development.
“As alumni we are excited that the school this year clocks 50 years. We are organising a grand celebration that will see alumnus from all walks of life, current and past teachers, well wishers and leaderships of other alumni elsewhere come together and celebrate this October 3rd,” he said.
The alumni are mobilising resources from all those who passed through the school and well-wishers.
He adds that the school, which started off as a primary then day scholar establishment, has moulded thousands of young men and women into people that have gone out to make a big difference at local, regional and global levels.
“We have had doctors, professors, top government and private sector administrators, security services top officers, teachers, sports and other entertainment personalities, and writers, amongst others, that came out through the school. For this fact, we want to say thank you to the school and its administrations over the 50 years it has contributed to making Malawi and the world a better place,” adds Lungu.
Chairperson Barnett Phiri has since called on all those that went through the school as students, teachers, and parents, friends to come together and help put resources towards this great moment.
“We have established structures and a bank account that alumnus and well wishers can use to contribute to the jubilee. The national executive committee, the central, south, and north chapter leaderships are working around the clock to mobilise members and resources,” he explains.
“With given monthly pledges, people can deposit their contributions in the MSSAA account and receipts are being issued. This may be any amount affordable by an individual. You can also contribute in kind items that would be donated to the schools to enhance the teaching and learning atmosphere such as books , computers, desks, beds, mattresses, paints, foodstuffs, etc,” he elaborated.
MSSAA, which has so far donated some 23 beds worth close to a million and often conducts school promotional visits, meets every Sunday fortnight at a given venue in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre, where Maynard Kawamba, Shouts Simeza, and Dr. Khumbo Kalua run affairs on its behalf.
The event will include donation of teaching and learning items, career talks, games and quiz between current students and former students, auctions including that for Chikwangwa, speeches, a parade of different alumnus years, school inspection, pledges to the well being of the school, branded t-shirts, caps and chitenje. An honorary Mr. And Miss MSSAA Ambassadors will also be competed for, among many others.
A party outside the school campus will take place to invigorate the old ‘gigi’ steps across the graduation years since establishment of the school.
Private and public education, business, career, and government officials will be present.
Organisers, who are calling for all within and outside Malawi to join and contribute to the good cause, can be contacted as follows: Butao Barnet Phiri 09 99 511 790 /08 88 216 816 (Chairperson), Maynard Kawamba 08 88 523 831 (Central Chapter), Shouts Simeza 08 81 429 821 and Yaz Kumwenda 09 99 938 064 (North Chapter), Dr. Jonathan Ngoma 08 84 135 882 (Fundraising), a Beatrice nyaSingini Butao 09 99 568 103 (Treasurer) and M’theto Lungu on 08 86 257 807 / 09 96 257 807, [email protected]Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :