By Chriselda Mashaba
Dr Shepherd Bushiri, the Chairperson of Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF) has handed over a four block modern secondary school to the Malawian government on 30 August 2019 in Hewe, Rumphi District, next to his home village of Mzuzu, Malawi.
Amongst the regional and district government officials present at the hand over of the requisite Zolokere Day Secondary School(ZCDSS)was District Commissioner, Mr Fred Movete.
The four-block, modern secondary school which is geared to be a fully- fletched boarding school in four years boasts of fully furnished:
• Four classrooms with a capacity of over 70 students .
• Four offices.
• 1 Library room with textbooks.
• 1 Laboratory room with equipments.
• 1 staff room
• 1 office for the head teacher
• 1 office for the school bursar
• 10 toilets
. Two teacher’s houses to be completed in October.
In his remarks, Duncan Zgambo, SBF CEO said. “Dr Bushiri grew up and went to school in this area and he used to walk over 15 kilometres just to get to Zolokere Primary School. Even when he got selected to Katowo CDSS, the challenge of braving distances was complicated with the fact that so many of his friends could not further their studies as there were few secondary schools.”
The school is located in Katowo Education Zone where an average of about 700 pupils sit for Primary Leaving School Education (PLSE).
However, because there is only one secondary in the zone, only about 150 pupils gets selected, leaving a large percentage of qualified pupils without a chance of accessing secondary education.
ZCDSS will help to increase access to secondary education for the youths in the area, allowing Dr Bushiri to make a difference in the community that raised him.
Speaking on behalf of the government, district commissioner Movete hailed Dr Bushiri for the gesture, saying: “It’s the first of its kind and, also, quite a modern school.” He added that the gesture will go a long way to improve access to secondary schools for the youths not just in Rumphi, but across the country.
Here is to some pictorial treats from the handover ceremony…