Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

30 August 2014

Malawi: Strive for Education Excellence - First Lady

The Malawi First Lady, Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika has asked education providers and related authorities in the country to strive for education excellence for the country to realize meaningful development.

Madam Mutharika made the appeal at a fundraising dinner and dance organised by St Mary's Girl's Secondary School Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Friday night.

"Let me ask all education providers and stakeholders in the country to provide necessary education facilities in schools for our students, especially the girl child, to acquire descent education so that the country develops," said Madam Mutharika who was the guest of honour at the function.

She noted that a country can develop fast only if its people are well educated. She said this is the reason why the leadership of this country is committed to improving education especially for the girl child.

The First Lady who is also an alumnus of the school encouraged all girls in the country to work hard in their education and emulate present day role models.

She hailed the PTA of the school for organising such fund raising activity for the school a move which she described as brilliant. The First Lady therefore pledged K800,000 at the event.

Speaking earlier, the Headmistress of the school, Sister Mary Chimalizeni thanked the First Lady for patronising the function.

Sister Chimalizeni said the school has many challenges, citing inadequate staff houses, lecture hall, computers and classrooms as some of the problems existing at the school but she singled out the school library being the biggest one hence the fundraising in order to address them.

The school is currently constructing a school library which has a compartment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the cost of MK18 million.

According to the Head teacher, the money realized at the function will top up the already solicited MK11million to complete the ambitious project which has a shortfall of MK7million and will also be used to purchase computers.

The First Lady was accompanied to the function by Mary Chilima spouse to the Vice President, Saulos Chilima who also pledged a generous hand.

Also present at the function were Government officials, cabinet ministers, political party officials, religious leaders, the business community and representatives of nongovernmental organisation, among others.

St Marys' Girls Secondary School was opened in 1939 in Zomba by the Daughters of Wisdom of the Catholic Church and has about 500 students.

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