Lady luck smiled yet again at pupils and teachers from Chitipi LEA School in Lilongwe last week as Rotary Club of Lilongwe (RCL) handed over another newly built classroom and headmaster’s office at the school- courtesy of funding from the Rotary Club of Northampton Becket of the United Kingdom.
The development comes barely two months after Rotarians from Northampton Becket alongside their Lilongwe counterparts visited the school to handover a new classroom block with three classrooms as well as 90 desks and chairs.
Handing over the new classroom and headmaster’s office was RCL immediate past president Sophie Kalinde, who urged the school management to take good care of the new facilities.
“Our main focus is on the welfare of the pupils. If pupils do not have a proper learning environment, it becomes difficult for them to concentrate on their lessons. We also noted during our previous visit that there was no proper office for the headmaster at this school and decided to build one with financial assistance from our friends in Northampton Becket,” said Kalinde.
Headmaster of the school William Machili and Lilongwe Rural West District Education Manager Alfred Hauya were all thanks to the Rotarians for the kind gesture.
“Not long time ago, you handed over a classroom block and 90 desks with chairs and today you have come again to handover this new classroom and the headmaster’s office. We are very thankful to the two Rotary clubs for the kind gesture towards this school,” said Hauya.
The District Education Manager said with the new classrooms, the school would now be able to meet government’s requirement of 60 pupils per classroom.
“Before the new classrooms were build, we were having as many as 160 pupils in one class, which is against government recommendation of 60 pupils per classroom. The trees you see here were being used as classrooms and bricks were being used as chairs. Whenever we had rains, the kids were being congested in the few existing structures, thereby disturbing lessons for other learners,” he said.
The newly built structures are part of a K16.5 million project for the school funded by the Rotary Club of Northampton Becket.