Moses Masiye
April 01, 2015

Malawi is expected to have 350 additional classroom blocks by June this year under the local development fund (LDF) community window.

LDF public relations officer Ina Thombozi confirmed that district councils will distribute the classroom blocks according to their full council agreement.

“The ministry of local government has set aside 496 million kwacha towards construction of 350 classroom blocks country wide,” said Thombozi.

The project period elsewhere is supposed to be three months.

Thombozi said this is under a community window funding mode, where communities are supposed to contribute about 25 percent of labour and locally available resources.

In eastern region district of Balaka for example, with about 44 million kwacha allocation, the district council will construct four classroom blocks.

Balaka district commissioner Rodrick Mateauma said the council has resolved to construct one in each of the total four constituencies.

Member of parliament for Balaka west Shanil Dzimbiri said the classroom block though not enough will however ease critical problem at Nsaluzawana school where there are only six classrooms against eight classes.

Dzimbiri however urged fellow parliamentarians to support government efforts by sourcing other funds elsewhere apart from LDF and constituency development fund.

“I have managed to mobilise funds for construction of about five classroom blocks in my constituency alone knowing that government alone can not provide anything,” said Dzimbiri.

There are currently other schools in Malawi that have no single classroom blocks, apart from the grass structures.

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