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Lazarus Chakwera hails Malawi, US relations

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President Lazarus Chakwera has hailed ties between the Government of Malawi and that of the United States (US), whose commitment was stamped Monday in Mzuzu City during the handover of a building marking the first phase of the K71.2 billion Secondary Education Expansion for Development (Seed) Project.

The ceremony was held at Mchengautuba Community Day Secondary School, which has received two classroom blocks with four classrooms each with a capacity of 60 students and two latrine blocks

“This project will therefore be a real game-changer, especially for the Malawian girl-child, helping us close the gap in education access between boys and girls— for it is unacceptable that more than 65,000 Malawian girls who finish primary school each year are unable to go to secondary school. As such, any country that tag teams with us to change that is a true friend of Malawi and I am happy that the United States is among our truest friends.” he said.

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The Seed Urban facilities will add 5,760 seats in 96 secondary school classrooms in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Zomba and Blantyre.

Since the launch of the project in October 2019, several classroom blocks have been built in 13 schools in Lilongwe, nine in Blantyre and four each in Mzuzu and Zomba.

US Ambassador to Malawi Robert Scott said the Seed programme comes at a time access to secondary school education services is limited in Malawi.

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“More than 65,000 qualifying adolescent girls and young women were unable to continue their education beyond primary. Many rural students must travel more than 20 kilometers every day to attend school. The Seed programme is designed to significantly expand access, especially for girls and young women,” he said.

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