Japan Grants Malawi K120m For Education Sector
The Japanese government has provided a grant of 120 Million Kwacha to be implemented towards improving access to quality health and education services in Malawi.
A new maternity wing is expected to be constructed at Nsipe in Ntcheu as well as construction and renovation of classroom blocks at Kapalamula Primary school in Dedza.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Lilongwe on Monday,Japanese ambassador to Malawi Satoshi Iwakiri said his government is committed in ensuring that the country has quality health and education services.
“It our wish that these projects will help alleviate problems the communities are facing” he said.
60 Million Kwacha has been allocated to the construction of a new maternity wing at Nsipe Health Center in Ntcheu. The Health Center is expected to serve a catchment of about 25,331 people.
Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Population Services Dr Dan Namarika said the grant will go a long way in helping government achieve its goal of having health centres within every five Kms.
“As we improve access to proper health facilities, the next thing we now need to manage is committing to ensure that a facility like this ably provides good service and a conducive environment for community members,” he urged.
With 2165 students, Kapalamula Primary School in Dedza has also benefited with a grant of 60 Million Kwacha, which will be used for the construction and renovation of classroom blocks.
The school was initially a distribution center for refugees who fled war in Mozambique, hence having inadequate infrastructure.
6 classroom blocks, installation of four existing classrooms, purchasing of desks for learners and a water tank for the school is included as part of the budget.
School representative Florence Donda said the grant is a beginning of a new chapter for the school.
“Learners will have access to education without problems. We have been running Kapalamula Primary School for almost 10 years and we had challenges such as inadequate water facilities,” she said.
Since 1989, the Japanese government has been providing grant assistance for human security projects in less developed countries, with an aim of responding to their diverse development needs.