The Malawi Defence Force Secondary School (MDFSS) will from next week conduct military parades in the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe to mark its 25 years anniversary.
The parades, organized by the school’s Alumni Association in conjunction with the MDF Education Department, will precede the main celebratory events slated for the school’s campus at Ngumbe in Blantyre City.
The school, a co-education institution, was established in 1991 by then Malawi Army under the late General Mervin Khanga during the reign of the country’s founding president, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda. General Griffin Supuni Phiri and State President Peter Mutharika are the school’s current patron and the military’s Commander-in-chief, respectively.
Spokesperson for the association Soviet Kabungwe said the city parades, slated for September 30 and October 7 in Blantyre and Lilongwe, respectively, will also act as a fundraiser to help refurbish the school and also cater for the needy students selected to learn at the school.
“Obviously, we are all here [where we may be today] simply because of the time well spent at the school. We thus would like to give back to the school in the form of monetary and material support. On our part as the alumni, we are constructing a new hostel, toilets and a brick wall fence,” said Kabungwe.
Kabungwe added that the scheduled parades will attract dignitaries from both private and public sectors including top military chiefs.
“We have managed to rope in the MDF Brass Band to spice up the show and there will be presentations on various topics as part of the events,” he explained.
Apart from the military, the school with an enrolment of about 540 students has also enjoyed massive support from the private sector with Press Trust leading the pack as it built it a new classroom block, two spacious and state-of-the art- science laboratories and a library over the years.
The move also coincides with the fact that he school stands among the country’s top learning institutions in producing best students both at the Junior and Senior Secondary School levels.