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 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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