The Old Mutual Foundation Blantyre and Care Malawi on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding of K 108 million for three years which will see the two partners join in various projects benefiting the education sector, Mkanda Primary School in Mchinji being the first targeted beneficiary.
The signing ceremony took place at Old Mutual’s head office in Blantyre.
According to Old Mutual, Blantyre Foundation President Tawonga Manda,
said that, through this partnership, the Foundation will support the construction of furnished classroom blocks in selected rural primary schools in three years to the tune of MK 108 million.
“In the first year of 2021, the project will start with the construction of two furnished classrooms and an administration office worth MK 36 million at Mkanda Primary School in Mchinji,” Manda said.
He said that in consultation with the Mchinji District Council (Education Office), Mkanda Primary School was selected, through the guidance of their partner, Care Malawi, as the first recipient of this donation.
He said they take every opportunity to demonstrate their “certain friend in uncertain times” philosophy and that this partnership clearly demonstrates that philosophy.
Manda said Malawi continues to face severe classroom shortages, especially at the primary school level, resulting in very high student-to-classroom ratios and open-air classrooms that compromise the quality of learning in schools.
Manda said that while many other organizations and stakeholders are making their contribution to improving education infrastructure challenges, gaps remain.
“As the Old Mutual Foundation Trust, educational development is one of our main areas of focus. In order to align with Malawi’s education strategy under the MGDS to improve and expand infrastructure, the Foundation is delighted to partner with CARE Malawi today, ”he said. declared. .
Manda said Old Mutual Foundation Trust believes that with this support they will help improve access and quality of basic education in rural communities.
CARE Malawi Country Director Amos Zaindi said the MOU is an example of a momentous intervention to give back to communities through partnership.
Zaindi said that Mkanda Primary School was established in 1935 and has 2,703 students, 30 teachers with a 90 to 1 student-teacher ratio.
“The school has only 6 school blocks comprising 15 classrooms, most of which are in poor condition.
“And due to the high enrollment numbers and inadequate classrooms to absorb all the students, nearly 36 classes are conducted under the trees, hence the need for additional classrooms,” he said. .