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Airtel donates books to Chiradzulu CDSS

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As part of its corporate social responsibility, mobile phone service provider Airtel Malawi yesterday donated 725 books worth K2.1 million to Chiradzulu Community Day Secondary School (CDSS).

The books are expected to cater for all students at the institution for an average of about two students per book.

The donation was made in conjunction with Dzuka Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Times Group, which made available an additional 100 books to be used at the school.

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Speaking during the presentation ceremony, Airtel Malawi Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Norah Chavula, said the company is always humbled when fulfilling its responsibilities in empowering the education sector.

“We believe this donation will go a long way in improving the quality of education in the country, especially in Chiradzulu. Books are a major required resource in the pursuit of knowledge,” she said.

“We agree with Dzuka Publishing Company which [publishes] these books. We resolved to donate at this institution having noticed that it has for a long time been in need of vital resources, including books. I would recommend that other profit-making organisations should emulate this example so that we can reach out to the majority of needy institutions such as Chiradzulu CDSS,” Chavula said.

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Chiradzulu CDSS head teacher, Ruth Chibani, said since the school was established, it has been facing problems in accessing teaching and learning materials.

According to Chibani the student book ratio at the school was 1 to 10.

Said Chibani: “This school has been lacking many things among them books, but with the coming in of Airtel, we are grateful as we are now relieved of the burden of borrowing books from our neighbouring schools.

“With the lack of books, the reading culture has been lacking among our learners but I am optimistic that things will improve and that our students will be performing with excellence.”

Airtel’s gesture follows a recent donation of 500 chairs and 100 bags of cement to Likuni Girls Secondary School.

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