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July 9, 2014

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New College for Secondary School Teachers

PhotoAmbassador Nishioka and Minister Fabiano at the ceremony

On July 9th, Malawi and Japan celebrated the launch of the construction of a new teacher training college for secondary school teachers at the Nalikule Forest Reserve in Lilongwe. The two countries had signed the grant agreement of more than 13 million US dollars for the project. The college will welcome its first cohort of students in 2016. The college will be equipped with modern facilities including lecture theaters, laboratories for chemistry, physics and biology, library, student hostels and staff houses. The college will also have an affiliated secondary school for student teachers to conduct demonstration lessons and acquire hands-on experience in classrooms.

Speaking at the launch, the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Mr Shuichiro Nishioka reiterated JICA's commitment to support human resource development in Malawi. Ambassador Nishioka explained that the college would produce 180 qualified teachers annually and significantly contribute to improving the quality of secondary education in Malawi. The Ambassador also noted that this support would link well with other JICA projects in Malawi, namely the rehabilitation and expansion of community day secondary schools and the project for strengthening mathematics and science in secondary schools (SMASSE).

Malawi's Minister of Education, Science and Technology Dr Emmanuel Fabiano thanked the people of Japan for their continued support for the social and economic development of Malawi. The Minister also commended that the college would host equal number of male and female students and contribute to Malawi's commitment to achieve gender parity in education and beyond. Finally, in addition to improving student-teacher ratio, the college will positively affect surrounding communities by creating jobs and vitalizing local economies.

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