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Majete Wildlife Reserve constructs school block at Chiguma Primary

Written by  Solister Mogha
The New School Block ready to be used by pupils - Pic by Solister Mogha The New School Block ready to be used by pupils - Pic by Solister Mogha

Blantyre, October 21, 2017: Majete Wildlife Reserve Malawi on Friday handed over a classroom block it has constructed at Chiguma Primary School to the Ministry of Education Science and Technology through the Blantyre District Education Division.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Park Manager for Majete Craig Hay said the institution was compelled to erect the school block to bail out children who were forced to go to other schools, some as far as 10km, because of lack of learning facilities at Chiguma.

“The need to have a school here started long ago but we decided to have a fully-fledged institution in 2014. Ever since, we have managed to erect a two class-room block which we are also handing over together with the school today,” he said

Hay further said education is a permanent gift that can best be given to human kind and that no one can take away.

“From this school, we expect to have future leaders because we have given pupils the permanent gift that would allow them to do what they want in life,” he said.

Majete Wildlife Reserve, which is run by African Parks, invested a total of K10 million in the project.

Paul Chiphanda, District Education Manager (DEM) for Blantyre Rural responsible for Primary Education, hailed Majete for the donation which he said would greatly improve education standards in the district and at the national level.

He said shortage of learning facilities to absorb the growing population was one of the challenges that the ministry and the district in particular is facing.

Chiphanda appealed to the community to take care of the facility and also utilize it for its intended purpose.

“From my office, we will make sure that the school has everything required such as enough and qualified teachers, teaching and learning materials and also ensure that more classroom blocks are erected,” he said.

Head teacher for Chiguma School Mark Kamphira expressed gratitude for the development saying the classroom block would reduce challenges of space that pupils were facing at the school.

The school, located in Senior Chief Kunthembwe, has over 315 learners from standard one to seven. 

Chiguma Primary School was being run by the community from 1998 until 2014 when Majete Wildlife Reserve took over its operations.

The handing over of the school block has also seen Majete Wildlife Reserve handing over the school’s operations to government making Blantyre Rural to have a total of 160 primary schools.

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