Ntchisi district commissioner James Manyetera on Friday opened a head-teacher’s office at Mankhamba Primary School constructed with funding from Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Manyetera hailed the foundation for supporting communities in improving education.
He said: “I am happy to witness the handover of this structure. This is the second time our donor has assisted this institution. First it was teachers’ houses and now it’s an office. This is excellent in the path to quality education among learners from this area.”
In his remarks, Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco) executive director Mac Bain Mkandawire, who posted a picture of the old structure on social media, said he is happy that the school is wearing a new face.
“I posted that makeshift office on social media before reporters came. We want to withdraw children from child labour from tobacco estates and ensure they are given quality education in a good environment,” he said.
Yoneco, Total Land Care (TLC) and Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) partnered ECLT Foundation in efforts to eliminate child labour in the area.
The community has moulded about 320 000 bricks for upgrading the junior primary school to a full primary school. The school was established in 2016.