Limbe Leaf hands over K36.2m school blocks in Lilongwe
Malawi’s Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited on Friday handed over to the community two school blocks and desks worth K36.2 million at Mwakhundi Primary School in Lilongwe.
Speaking at the function, Limbe Leaf managing director Rodney Hagger said the company decided to construct the school blocks to address the gap that Mwakhundi School was experiencing and hoped that the classrooms and desks would bring significant changes both to enrolment and learning outcomes.
He said Limbe Leaf is also constructing classrooms and teachers houses at Majiga Primary school in the north and will renovate Chatata Primary in Lilongwe at a cost of K102 million.
“This is in addition to other social responsibility projects in areas of health sector and sports,” said Hagger.
Receiving the classrooms on behalf of Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and water Development Allan Chiyembekeza thanked Limbe Leaf for the new classroom blocks and desks saying they will improve learning environment at the school.
“I am particularly happy that children from this area will be encouraged to go to school and not work in tobacco farms. People have often blamed tobacco alleging that it perpetuates child labour.”
“What Limbe Leaf has done by providing desks and constructing these classroom blocks has shown that the tobacco industry does not condone child labour,” said Chiyembekeza.