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February 28, 2013

Handover Ceremony for the Project for the Reconstruction and Expansion of Selected Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) Phase I

The handing over ceremony for the first phase of the Project for the Reconstruction and Expansion of Selected Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs) took place on 28th February 2013 at Mseche Community Day Secondary School in Lilongwe.

The ceremony was attended by people from all walks of life including traditional leaders, community members, school children from a nearby primary school, Ministry of Education officials, Member of Parliament for the area not forgetting the students from Mseche CDSS and Mseche Primary School. Students excitedly and joyfully sung songs and recited poems in appreciation to the Japanese Government and the people of Japan for the project that has not only changed the outlook of the school but also provided necessary facilities for improved teaching and learning.

Group Village Headman Mseche representing Traditional Authority (TA) Chimutu echoed the students' voice by particularly singling out the construction of girls' hostels which are going to accommodate 112 girls. The group village headman informed the gathering that many girls dropped out of school due to early marriage and long distances they covered to and from school. The village headman then pledged to take good care of the school and informed the gathering that in conjunction with the school management the community had already recruited 5 guards and started planting grass around the school to protect the facilities and keep the environment around the school beautiful.

The Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Fujio Samukawa, in his speech said that quality education is the foundation of nation building. This is the more reason why the Japanese Government and people of Japan support the Government of Malawi in its quest to improve education. He then informed the people that the Japanese Government is committed to continue the support to the education sector. To this end, the second phase of reconstructing and expanding CDSSs had already started targeting six other schools in southern and central region. The Ambassador also added that future phases of the same project were also being considered. He finally urged all beneficiaries of the project to take good care of the school facilities so that not only the present generation should benefit but also generations to come.

Receiving the project on behalf of the Malawi Government, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Eunice Kazembe, expressed her utmost appreciation to the Japanese Government for the project. She indicated that there is an acute shortage of spaces at secondary school level hence the project will go a long way in addressing this challenge. She echoed sentiments from other speakers at the function that girls in particular were exposed to hostile environment hence they fell victims to teenage pregnancies and early marriages. The project is therefore expected to improve girls' retention, completion and transition to tertiary education. As education plays a critical role in the socio-economic development of the nation, the Government of Malawi is committed to providing access, improving quality and relevance of education to the needs of the people and government, the minister continued. That is why the Malawi Government takes education seriously as one of the priorities as evidenced from the highest budgetary allocation in the 2012/2013 fiscal year. However, the government cannot do it alone but will need concerted efforts from partners like Japan to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment and improve the quality of education in general. The minister therefore applauded the Japanese Government and the people of Japan for the support rendered to the Government of Malawi and urged the students, teachers and the community members to take good care of the facilities that have been provided.

PhotoFace plate showing cooperation and friendship between Malawi and Japan

PhotoLesson in the new classroom

PhotoA view of the expanded area of Mseche CDSS


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