As part of World Teacher’s Day commemorations today, European Union (EU) head of cooperation in Malawi Lluis Navarro yesterday conducted a site evaluation of Ngowe Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Lilongwe.
Ngowe CDSS is one of the 21 schools spread nationwide the EU is rehabilitating under its Improving Secondary Education in Malawi (Isem) programme launched last year.
The programme, which was allocated 36 million euros, seeks to construct and rehabilitate CDSSs, provide teaching and learning materials, provide bursaries to girls and other vulnerable students and offer teacher training programmes.
Speaking after the site evaluation, Navarro expressed satisfaction with the construction progress at Ngowe CDSS.
He said: “I was really glad to see the school today. It was encouraging to see the facilities we are building. There is a big difference between how the school was before and how it is now.”
On her part, Ngowe CDSS head teacher Ethel Maungwira Jiya said the school had old structures that were previously being used for horticulture.
She said they were using an old kraal as the main hall which doubled as a classroom and an examination room.
Said Jiya: “The old school was in bad shape. But now with the support of the EU, our students can learn in better facilities. ”
Isem project manager Susan Komwe said they will finish the construction and rehabilitation of Ngowe CDSS within the next two weeks.
According to her, 18 other schools under the programme are scheduled for completion by the month end. n