World Vision Malawi (WVM) has renovated 47 primary school blocks that were destroyed by the 2018 Cyclone Idai in Mulanje, Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.
Speaking on Friday when WVM handed over a classroom block to Nyengeni Primary School in Mulanje, director of programmes Charles Chimombo said they implemented the project to facilitate a good learning environment for pupils in the three districts.
“We think it is not proper for pupils to learn under trees for lack of learning shelters. Our aim is to improve the well-being of children, especially through education,” he said.
Chimombo also said WVM will continue to support government in the education sector.
“WVM has been operating in the country for 38 years and during this time, we have helped government in constructing learning shelters,” he said.
In his remarks, Mulanje Central legislator Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, hailed WVM for the project.
“As government, we appreciate the contributions WVM makes not only towards education, but also other sectors. This school block will enable children get education which will transform their lives,” he said.
In a separate interview, Chikwawa District Council director of education, youths and sports Chrissy Chimsale said the classroom blocks will enhance learning in the district as they have more learners who learn under trees.
“The learners face a lot of distractions learning outside as classes are suspended during the rainy season and sometimes when the temperatures are too high,” she said.
WVM has renovated 13 school blocks in Mulanje, 28 in Chikwawa and six in Nsanje districts.
The initiative was funded by United Nations Children’s Fund.