Zomba Diocese hands over school to Malawi govt

The Catholic Diocese of Zomba has handed over St Augustine junior primary school to the Ministry pf Education at Tambula Village T/A Sitola which falls under St. Therese-Liwonde Parish in Machinga District.

The St Augustine school
The St Augustine school

Speaking during the function, the Administrator of Zomba Diocese, most Rev. Fr. Henry Kaleso, called upon the Malawi Government, to support Diocesan efforts of developing the country especially by reducing illiteracy levels among the people.

“ We are happy as a diocese to serve humanity holistically especially by looking the other needs such as reducing  illiteracy levels among the people as a way of opening doors of development…this is why we are calling the Government to prioritize education for all in the country,” said Kaleso.

The Administrator also thanked those who worked hard to realize the project in the area.

“ I am very grateful to former Bishop of Zomba Diocese now Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese for initiating this project in this area. At the same time the Diocese thanks all our donors from South Italy for making our dream come true through this project,” Kaleso added.

In his remarks the District Education Manager for Machinga, Ennock Chumachao, assured the Diocese that the Ministry would do her level best to supply learning materials and provide teachers for the school. He called upon the natives in the area to take care of the beautiful school by owning it.

“We accept this gift from Zomba Diocese and as Government we are ready to do our part by providing essential educational things in this school such as learning materials, teachers and even payment for the teachers,” said Chumachao.

“ I also call upon all the people around this school to own the school by taking care of it and protect it from thugs so that  we should attract more well wishers to do a lot in this deserted area.” Chumachao remarked.

Speaking on behalf of all direct beneficiaries TA Sitola’s representative, Group Village Headman Saiti said all the chiefs in the area would show their appreciation to the Diocese by seriously taking care of the school and improve it in any way suggested by the authorities.

Zomba Diocese has over 70 primary schools some of which are boarding schools. This is the second school given to the Government of Malawi in 2014 after another one at Chikala Hills in the same district but in Lingoni Parish.

The school has been constructed courtesy of Diocesan donors from Reggio Calabria in South of Italy under the project called  Un Sogno Sotto il Baobab (the dream under Baobab tree) of which Miss Silvia Balduzzi, Mr. Angelo Balduzzi and Fr. Vincenzo Troletti are taking leading roles.

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