Unicef hails construction of classrooms at Nankhali primary school

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Luxembourg along with donors on Thursday toured Nankhali Primary School in area 44, Lilongwe where UNICEF has constructed 6 classrooms, a library, staff room, office and latrines.

Unicef officials at Nankhali school
Unicef Luxembourg officials

Speaking during the tour, UNICEF Luxembourg Executive Director Sandra Visscher expressed optimism towards the project saying the team would fund raise for the construction of additional infrastructures.

“It looks like this is something that everyone agrees on because we hear that government, parents, community, chiefs and children are all involved in this project. We are therefore going to do a lot of communication to the donors in our country to raise funds for this school,” she explained.

Visscher also revealed plans for  UNICEF Luxembourg team to conduct education campaigns ahead of the new school session starting next week.

“This is all happening too fast  now because just like in Malawi, school in Luxembourg will be starting next week and the following week for the older students. Hence, we feel this is the right time to raise funds for school projects,” she said.

Concurring with Visscher, UNICEF Malawi Education Specialist Clara Chindime said the construction of the structures has improved the learning environment at the school.

Chindime further highlighted the need for other additional infrastructures such as teachers houses.

“We did not construct teachers houses. We only have one teacher’s house against 34 other teachers who are here, meaning the rest are commuting. This can affect the effectiveness of teachers because if they have any transport challenges it means they would not be in class in good time,” she said.

In her remarks, Nankhali Primary School Head Teacher Rose Mpaso said the school has achieved so much since the handover of the infrastructures in April, 2019.

“We have seen an increase of students enrollment. Students from other surrounding schools are coming to Nankhali,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nankhali Primary School has 782 and 825, girl and boy students respectively.

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