The Germany government has bought sports equipment worth millions of kwacha to be distributed to some secondary schools and clubs in the country.
Deputy head of mission of Germany Embassy, Johannes Sharlau, said his government is committed to seeing children engage in sports as it improves physical, social, emotional and academic aspects of their lives.
“Children who learn team sports will learn about fairness, respect and rules. Sports can also contribute to the development of self-esteem, discipline and the setting of goals,” said Sharlau when he presented some of the equipment to St Martinâ€™s Community Day Secondary School in Nambuma, Lilongwe on Tuesday.
He said they are happy that the Germany government this year has sent large consignments of sports equipment such as sets of football and volleyball uniforms; and balls for the development of sports at secondary level.
Nsanje, Lilongwe, Nkhata Bay and Karonga are some of the districts which will benefit from the equipment.
Malawi National Sports Council (MNSC) has hailed the donation, describing it as a landmark of good relations between Germany and Malawi governments.
“Our relationship goes a long way. Each and every year, the Germany government sponsors training for our coaches. Today, we are witnessing another chapter in our historic relationship,” said MNSC Central Region desk officer Isaac Phiri, who represented executive secretary George Jana.
St Martinâ€™s head teacher Jean Ndalamira described the donation as Godâ€™s answer to their prayers.
“We have talented children here, but because of lack of equipment, their talent has been hindered, but now we are ready to go all the way,” said Ndalamira.
Malawi has benefited through courses for track and field athletes, hockey, handball and football at the University of Leipzig in Germany
In September, Malawi Secondary Schools Association (Massa) general secretary Blackson Malamula will be travelling to Germany to attend an administrative sports course courtesy of the Germany government.