Japanese Govt Commits to Construct Classrooms at Nyama Primary School in LL
Japanese government has committed to constructing classroom blocks at Nyama Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mazengera in Lilongwe district.
Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Satoshi Lwakiri made remarks on Saturday during the groundbreaking ceremony at the school premises.
He said the ceremony was a milestone in the cycle of the project and the intention of the Japanese fund was to alleviate the plight of learners by providing a better learning environment.
Lwakiri said that "We signed the grant contract for this project under the Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, and today marks the beginning of the construction of five classrooms for primary and early childhood development."
The project will involve construction of 11 toilets and renovation of six existing classrooms as well as the purchasing of 267 desks for the learners.
Lwakiri added that with the challenges that the country has been facing in the construction industry like mismanagement of resources and construction of substandard buildings among others, the embassy would be monitoring prudently each and every step so that no corruption is involved.
"I would like to assure you of our support to this project and we should work hand in hand to ensure that the project is on track," he hinted.
The Ambassador appealed to all stakeholders, including government both at central and local levels to take part in this project by making sure that there was no corruption and that the infrastructure is constructed with durable materials.
He commended the school management committee for the tireless effort so that the project is a success.
Lwakiri appealed to the community members to guard the construction project and report any suspicious behaviors.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eisenhower Mkaka commended the government of Japan for timely assistance.
He said the project would go a long way in improving the education standards in the country as well as the development of the education sector.
Mkaka observed that children would no longer learn under trees as they would have classrooms and desks giving them a better learning environment.
"We will be monitoring each and every phase and I will not allow anyone to put a dirty jar in this and I will make sure everything is transparent because this is an investment from the Japanese government to this area as well as Malawi," he pointed out.
Head Teacher for the school, Thomson Banda said they are happy that the school would soon wear a new face.
He said the school was established in 1995 but there was no proper infrastructure and this was leading to low enrollment of learners in the area because usually, some learn under the tree.
"This project is going to improve the education standards of this school because now learners will have a conducive learning environment and we believe that they will focus more on their studies as they will be in a nice place," Banda added.
He said with the Covid-19 pandemic, the classrooms would help them follow the preventive measures because they would have more space for the learners.
One classroom is occupying a lot of learners because they do not have more classes to occupy the 1,080 learners and with the rainy season, they cannot leave students to learn under the tree.
The Project is being funded to the tune of US$ 94, 976 US (K70 million) and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Written By: Chikondi Basikolo-MANA