Airtel Malawi has handed over to education authorities a 60-seater block of two classrooms at Salima LEA Primary School, an institution the phone network provider adopted five years ago.
This is the second block, within a year, Airtel has constructed at the school situated at Salima Boma. The company has, since adopting the institution, built or renovated six blocks.
Speaking during the handover ceremony on Saturday, Airtel’s communications and corporate social responsibility manager Norah Chavula said they spent K17 million on the new block. She has pledged that the company will build more blocks.
“We want to create a conducive learning environment at this school so we are hoping to construct four or more blocks. Apart from the blocks we also supply desks in each block we construct,” she said.
Chavula said, since they partnered with the school, they have spent around K200 million through infrastructure development and meeting the school’s other expenses such as monthly water and electricity bills.
Receiving the donation, Salima district education manager Christopher Kumikundi said the block would help address shortages of classrooms.
“Some of the pupils were learning under trees because we could not accommodate all of them in the classrooms because they are few. We just hope that Airtel will help with new blocks because we still have a shortfall,” he said. n