National Bank of Malawi  donates desks worth K6m to Zomba rural school

National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc Thursday donated 152 desks worth K6 million to Luntha Community Day Secondary School in Zomba rural as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

NBM’s Kawawa symbolically presents the desk to Tebulo
Luntha CDSS students sit on their new desks donated by NBM
Kawawa with Sister Kamangira and some of the students

NBM Chief Executive Officer Macfussy Kawawa said a well-educated nation is a platform for a vibrant economy and supporting Luntha CDSS was one way in which the Bank is taking in contributing to the creation of a critical skills base for the economy.

“Physical conditions for classrooms and the general environmental of schools are key in providing a conducive learning environment for both pupils and teachers.  One of the factors that affect the efficiency of learning is how well students and teachers sit in classrooms.”

“The provision of desks and chairs which we were doing this afternoon is to ensure that pupils are seated comfortably. A Well designed classroom has the ability to encourage creativity and promote collaboration amongst the students,” said Kawawa.

The NBM CEO also took time to inspire the students at the school using his personal story to achieve success.

“We are told that most of you come from poor families around here. Let me tell you that most of us have also been this road, I also came from a poor home, with grass thatched house and was coming out of that house to go to school without even shoes but because I had a vision to achieve something, I worked hard to achieve that.”

“If you are coming from that kind of a house, you would not want your children to also come from that grass thatched house, so even you, despite coming from humble backgrounds, you can achieve what you want to achieve you only have to work hard and put in an extra mile,” said explained Kawawa.

Head Teacher for the Catholic Church-run Luntha CDSS Sister Margarita Kamangira thanked NBM for the timely donation of the desks to the school.

“We want to thank National Bank for their generosity and timely donation of the desks. The school has an enrolment of 400 students and the desks we have are not enough. It was hard for the school to procure such fixed assets due to financial constraints.”

“With this donation, you have come to our rescue, our students will be comfortable and learn better in class,” said Sister Kamangira.

Chairman of the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) John Tebulo said the school, which is situated 47 kilometres east of Zomba City, started in 2012 with only 45 students but now the enrolment has gone up to 400 students in all forms.

“But we lack some structures like a library here and we ask you to help us on that as you have done with the desks,” said Tebulo.

 

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Cyrus
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Cyrus

National Bank made a profit of K 12,824,000,000 before tax in only the first-half of 2018.

That’s almost 13 *billion* kwacha. Profit. In six months.

Profit made by all of us working-class Malawians paying ridiculous bank charges and interest rates.

Total directors’ renumaration and bonuses for the six months was K 2,616,000,000

That’s almost 3 *billion* kwacha. To staff for increasing the profit of the bank.

‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ indeed.

School desks worth 6 million. Profits and salaries in the *billions*

Wake up Malawians.

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

What matters is not the value of the donation but the heart behind it. Congratulations NBM and Mr CEO.

phirigoh
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phirigoh

Nsanje si umuna amene mukuyankhulanu simunapelekepo ngakhale ka slasher pa school ya kwanu, ma desk awa athandiza ana a kwa Nyeriwa, Saiti, Phulusa, Sitima ngakhalenso Chidule. Well done NBM

Kaguta
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Kaguta

#Sikusinja is on point, can’t agree more. And if you do simple arithmetic, what this means is that a desk was costing K39,473.68. Are we sure we should be buying bench y thabwa yolumikiza ndi zitsuro at that price? Nde Boma adzaligukitsa pa 100 pin !!!!

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

Somehow I think Malawi has a disease of wanting to be seen and be relevant. How a CEO of the biggest bank in Malawi can drive from BT to Zomba to donate 152 wooden desks is beyond me. We need to stop being so petty. This is the same as what we criticize APM for doing opening a mere road or putting a foundation stone. Maybe if you had built a whole school I would understand. But I am going to Zomba to donate 152 desks. Lord have mercy on us. Doesn’t National Bank have a Branch Manager in Zomba… Read more »