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Friday, 27 October 2017 15:25

African Parks donates school block to Mangochi District Council

Written by  Marvelous Zinga

Mangochi, October 27, 2017: African Parks on Thursday handed over classroom and administration blocks to Mangochi District Council at Sambammanja Primary School in Likulungwa Village in Traditional Authority Chowe.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency after handing over the facilities, Manager for Liwonde National Park, Crale Reid, said the need for the two structures was identified in 2015 when park staff went to the school where they found pupils learning under a tree shade.

Reid said the school, a junior primary then, had about 870 learners with one school block only and a makeshift shelter which accommodated standards one, two and three.

He said with the new classroom block, the school would now accommodate learners from standards one up to six.

“We managed to source some funds for the construction of classroom block and administration blocks. We also rehabilitated one classroom which had its roof blown off by strong winds,” said Reid.

“We will continue to be in partnership with government and we will engage the community in more developmental activities,” added the Liwonde National Park Manager.

Reid, therefore, urged people of the area to send their children to school even if they still faced challenges to provide adequately for their wards.

Traditional Authority Chowe hailed African Parks for the donation, saying it would facilitate easy learning considering that some had to cover up to nine kilometers to Malombe Primary School due to the poor condition in which Sambammanja Junior Primary School was.

“Previously, we had standard one, two and three only, but now with the coming of these blocks, we are have standards one up to six, which means there is still need for two more classrooms so that the school becomes a full primary school,” Chowe said.

Mangochi District Council Vice Chairperson, Twaha Salanje said the situation at the school was very pathetic. He added that walking a long distance to school puts girls at risk of being abused and discouraged, leading to unintended pregnancies and high school dropouts.

“The construction of the classroom block is a big development to the district because a number of learners who dropped out of school because of distance will now go back to school,” said Salanje.

Salanje, however, urged people in the area to make sure their children attended classes and took proper care of the buildings.

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