World Vision Malawi (WVM) on Thursday donated 14 409 books worth K115 million (about $287 500) to Malawi government to enhance higher education in the country.
Director of higher education Professor Dixie Maluwa Banda hailed World Vision for the donation, saying the books will help improve standards in higher education because they deal with current issues in different areas.
“Most of these books were published between 2008 and 2011, so most of the information contained in them is up-to-date and this will improve the quality of higher education in the country,” said Banda.
WVM national director Marko Ngwenya said the organisation is aware of the challenges public universities in the country are facing.
“The fact that public universities are facing challenges is not strange. Such challenges range from accommodation, reading materials and other resources which are very important if higher education is to make sense. That is why we [made] this donation,” he said.
Ngwenya said the books are a gift from World Vision Canada and have been donated through World Vision Malawi’s Gift in Kind (GIK) programme.
Director of technical services at Chancellor College Brian Ndau said most books in the University of Malawi are outdated, such that some of them date as far back as the 70s and 80s.
Chancellor College, Domasi College of Education, Mzuzu University, the Polytechnic and Kamuzu College of Nursing will benefit from the donation.