Ntcheu — Communities in Ntcheu have expressed their satisfaction with Local Development fund (LDF) projects, saying its key objectives have been achieved in the district.
The people cited construction of classroom blocks, which they say has changed education standards in the district.
This has been revealed in a recent assessment of the projects in the district by Kalondolondo Project which works towards empowering local people in the country to have their voices heard on issues concerning them more especially on projects being initiated by government.
Kalondolondo Programmes Manager, Jephter Mwanza, told a Kalondolondo interface meeting for the Ntcheu that their assessment has shown that people in the district are happy with the constructed classroom blocks in several areas of the district under LDF.
He said the situation will help improve education standards in the district as students will not be travelling longer distances to access education saying most schools that were only offering junior primary education have upgraded to full primary schools.
"The major highlights of the study here in Ntcheu has shown that the key objectives of the LDF have been achieved and as such communities are impressed and happy with the classroom blocks that have been built in several areas of the district which has also seen some of the junior primary schools being upgrading to full primary schools. This will promote education standards in the district," Mwanza explained.
He pointed out that one key element they are happy about is that most of the building materials that were used are of good quality although some areas did not manage to meet the required standards of the materials.
Out of 20 schools that were assessed in the district, 11 schools are completely finished and in use, 6 partly finished and in use and 3 schools are totally unfinished.
Ntcheu District Director of Planning and Development, Kondwani Mjumira, said he was happy that Kalondolondo came to the district for the first time to assess how they are doing in terms of project implementation and see how best they can do to make tremendous progress in all the projects being carried out in the district.
He said the meeting has been of great importance because people from the communities brought in issues that affect them in carrying out their projects which the council will look into so as to make sure they are dealt with.
Mjumira was also quick to point out that Ntcheu district council has earmarked on a K5 million open menu community window targeting all outstanding projects in the district.
Kalondolondo is a consortium of three organisations namely Action Aid, Council for Non Governmental Organisation in Malawi (Congoma) and Plan Malawi. So far the project has worked in 24 district of the country.