Standard Bank, one of the commercial banks in Malawi, has constructed a primary worth over K33 million in southern district of Chiradzulu in honour of its former Board Chair Alex Chitisime.
Chitsime who hails from Che Januare village in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Onga in Chiradzulu where the school has been constructed, retired as Standard Bank Chairman of the Board in 2014 and was replaced by another eminent business executive Dr Rex Harawa.
Speaking during the hand over of the project, Chitsime said the investment by Standard Bank demonstrate the Bank’s commitment to the development of education in the country.
“On April 8 this year, I stood here again when we witnessed the ground breaking ceremony and few months down the line the project is completed. I’m grateful and delighted that Standard Bank has fulfilled its promised with this project of magnitude and it has really honored me and the entire community,” said Chitsime.
Chitsime said the junior primary school which has been named Mkuyu represents a treasure for the people of Che Januare as it will help to shape future leaders of the country.
He said before the construction of the new school children had to walk a distance of 8 kilometers to access the education
“This is no ordinary gift and I am very humbled to be given such project which is not only for the people in this area but also for the whole country,” he said.
The Bank’s current Chairman Dr Rex Harawa hailed Chitsime for the contribution towards the growth of Standard Bank.
“Mr. Chitsime contributed significantly to the growth of Standard Bank during his tenure of office and the only thank you we could have given him is this project “said Harawa
Dr Harawa said Standard Bank will continue to lead in responding to the needs of the people among which is provision of access to education in the country.
In her remarks Secretary for Education Science and Technology Lonely Magreta hailed Standard Bank for the contribution towards the access to education.
“As government we are grateful to Standard Bank for the gift of this classroom blocks. I have been informed that there is no any other school in the district whose infrastructure can match the standard that we are receiving today,” Magreta said.
Magreta said the donation will contribute towards the reduction of shortage of classrooms in the government schools.
“The problem of inadequate infrastructure exists in many schools in the country and currently close to 38,000 classrooms are needed if we were to accommodate all learners inside the classroom,” she said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :