By Alfred Mthandizi
Blessed is the hand that gives, than the hand receives, says the old adage. Going by the adage, a well-wisher in the area of Group Village Headman Msisita in Nkhotakota, Banonie Mwale is constructing a primary school, which after completion will benefit students who have been travelling long distances of almost 10 to 15 kilometers to access the nearby schools.
In an exclusive interview with GVH Msisita, students in the area have been facing different problems in their way to and from the distant located schools. GVH Msisita said the plans to build school in the area started seven years ago. “We could not fulfill our dreams of owning our school due to resource limitations, but we are happy now that with support from our own son from this area our dreams of owning school have been fulfilled,” said GVH Msisita.
GVH Msisita said with the help of the committee which was set to spearhead the project, the matter has now been reported to Government so that they are aware of what is happening. The chief commended members of the community for supporting the project.
Happy to report that the project is receiving enormous support from the community, in her remarks, Miriam Mwale commended Banonie Mwale for building the school. “As a parent, I am very delighted with this project.” said Mwale.
According to UNESCO, Malawi has a total of 4.5m pupils enrolled in primary and secondary education. Of these pupils, about 3.7m (83%) are enrolled in primary education. In Malawi, 11% of children of official primary school ages are out of school, with poorer children most likely to fall into this category.
Based on educational attainment of 15 – 24 year olds in 2010, 5% received no education at all, 57% failed to complete primary school, 11% studied until the end of primary school, 19% attended secondary school but failed to complete their secondary education, 7% completed secondary education and 1% studied beyond secondary level.