Pupils and teachers from Chitipi LEA School in Lilongwe rural west had all reasons to smile as Rotary Club of Northampton Becket in the United Kingdom in conjunction with Rotary Club of Lilongwe has handed over a modern school block with three furnished classrooms constructed at the primary school by the Rotarians.
The new school block has been constructed with funds amounting to MK24 million, which also cover the provision of 90 desks and chairs in the newly built classrooms.
The handover ceremony took place at the school, where guardians, pupils, teachers and traditional leaders, led by Member of Parliament for the area Lois Peter Chakhwantha gathered to receive the treasurable gift from Rotarians.
Also present were visiting Rotarians from Northampton Becket including president elect for the UK based grouping Mike Kitchen and past president Terry Atkinson. The visitors were also involved in the actual construction of the block, which took less than 20 days.
Speaking on behalf of the Rotary Club of Lilongwe, immediate past president for the club Nelson Njikho hailed the relationship existing between the two clubs.
“It is not the first time that our colleagues from Rotary Club of Northampton have constructed a school block at this school. In 2012 they constructed another school block, housing two classrooms and they have just given us more money to construct an additional classroom to bring the number of new classrooms at this school to six.
“What has pleased us more is that they were involved in the construction work. They came to the site on April 10, 2015 when there was just a foundation and within 18 days the structure has been completed,” said Njikho.
The school’s head teacher William Machili was all thanks to the Rotarians for the building which he said would help ease congestion in classrooms. “There was congestion in our classrooms and many pupils were learning under trees. The children will now be learning in a conducive environment,” said Machili.
According to the head teacher, the number of pupils at the school has increased from about 800 to 1,120 since the Rotarians built the previous school block.
Kitchen said members from his club were touched when they found children learning under trees during a visit of primary schools in Lilongwe rural over three years ago.
“We came here three and half years ago and found children at the school learning under trees. When we went back home, we started fundraising through various activities and individual contributions to build the classroom blocks,” said Kitchen.
Apart from handing over the classrooms, the Rotarians also provided some educational materials to the school.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :