National Bank of Malawi (NBM), through its internal audit division, has donated books and exercise books worth K1.2 million to Mayera Primary school in Blantyre.
Members of staff within the division contributed 50 percent towards the donation while the bank contributed the rest.
Speaking at the function, NBM Head of Internal Audit, Daniel Jere said the bank appreciates the value of education to the economy.
“To improve education, we have to invest in it. Therefore, we identified investment in education as one of the key areas for our support,” he said.
The donation includes 100 standard 6 to 8 books for key subjects like English, Mathematics and Science and Technology.
Primary School Advisor for Chilomoni Zone, Margret Phalira, said the school lacks books because, as a new school, it is not yet included on the list that receives books from government.
“We borrow books from other schools. We could not find as many as they have brought. Having 100 books per class per subject is very beautiful,” said the advisor who spoke on behalf of the District Education Officer.
Mayera Primary School enrolls 1906 students who scramble for 7 toilets and has a teacher student ratio of 1 to 300, according to the school statistics.
Students lamented lack of resources in their drama per for mances and speech, emphasizing the need for more help.
“We lack necessary resources to achieve better education,” said Doris Jumbe, a Standard Seven pupil, in her speech.