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Japan hands over school block to Malawi

By Martha Mhango

Japanese Embassy has constructed a school block, two toilets and two changing rooms for girls to Msunga Primary school in Lilongwe as one way of creating a conducive environment.

Speaking during the handover ceremony Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Youichi Oya said that primary school education is the pillar foundation of humanity, which is very crucial for the growth and development of a nation.

 “The Japanese government is working hand in hand with Malawi Government to develop the country in the education sector, as that the future of Malawi lies in the learners, thus, we decided to construct the two class room blocks, two toilets and girls changing rooms,” said Oya

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Jean Sendeza who is also Member of Parliament for the constituency, commended the Japanese Embassy for the gesture saying the infrastructure would ease the challenges of classrooms and toilets.

 “We are very excited with the construction of a school block and to Japanese Embassy for its effort to develop this area. This has been achieved because of the corporate social responsibility that JTI has as they have tobacco growing farmers in the community,” said Sendeza

The Minister appealed to the community to look after the facility and advised the school committee to take care of the newly built facility to achieve its intended purpose adding that the school block will improve school enrolment, class performance, and would decrease school repetition and drop-out rates.

Chief Education Officer for Lilongwe South West, Joyce Hamsini said the classrooms handed over to Msunga primary school would help reduce lack of school blocks, and that as a Ministry, they appreciate the support from the Japanese government.

Deputy Head teacher for the school, Chimwemwe Mliwa said the school block has brought a relief to the school since learners would be coming to school to learn in a good conducive environment unlike in the past when the children were learning under the tree.

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