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    CHAKWERA CALLS FOR COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP OF NEW SCHOOLS UNDER MW-US PARTNERSHIP  

    President Chakwera says communities are primary custodians of government projects and should do all they can to protect and preserve any form of infrastructure in their respective locations.

    He was speaking on Monday in Salima when he handed over 66 Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) under the Secondary Education Expansion for Development (SEED) Partnership between the Malawi Government and the American Government. The handover ceremony took place at Mkanga (CDSS)

    At the onset of his concise speech, Chakwera was in all praise of the partnership prevailing between the US and Malawi government especially with emphasis on the benefits that have accrued to Malawi.

    “A partnership that produces 66 brand new Secondary Schools serve communities and students across 20 districts is no ordinary partnership. A partnership that involves the American people investing 90 million dollars in building the capacity of the Malawian people is no ordinary partnership. A partnership that expands access to secondary education for tens of thousands of our youth is no ordinary partnership. A partnership that moves Malawi closer to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Number 4, namely ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, is no ordinary partnership,” said Chakwera.

    The Malawian leader appealed to beneficiary communities to assume ownership of the schools by taking care of the facilities so as to preserve the progress being made with the expansion of schools.

    “In view of these joint efforts by the Malawi and US Governments, I want to appeal to the communities in which we are building and opening these schools to take ownership of the schools by taking care of the facilities.

    “The role of communities is especially critical to preserve the progress we are making with the expansion of schools.

    “For example, as I speak, we are expanding 103 secondary schools through the Equity with Quality Learning at Secondary (EQUALS) Project, of which 32 have already been completed.

    “Similarly, a grant from the European Union has made it possible for us to expand 40 Day Secondary Schools in 12 education districts, which includes construction of technical wings in 11 Community Day Secondary Schools. We are doing that because we need more and more young people to attain technical skills early to prepare them for meaningful participation in economically productive work,” said Chakwera.

    Chakwera signed off his speech by stressing that the United States Government has done its part by giving the children a good start, and the rest remains the responsibility of Malawians’ that the children benefit as expected.

    The SEED partnership is aimed at increasing access of girls to secondary schools through expansion of existing schools in urban areas and construction of new schools in rural areas nationwide.

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