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Press Trust spends K18 million on desk repairs

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Press Trust has spent K17.8 million on repairing 632 desks at Chayamba and Madisi secondary schools.

At Chayamba, the Trust has repaired K486 desks to the tune of K12.1 million while at Madisi, K5.7 million has been spent on repairing 186 desks.

The desks have been repaired under Press Trust’s ‘Put a Child on a Desk’ programme.

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Speaking on Monday at Madisi in Dowa during the handover of the desks, Linda Phiri, one of the Trustees of Press Trust, said the programme is being implemented to complement government’s effort of uplifting education in the country.

“We all know that government is implementing various programmes across the country in trying to improve the social welfare of fellow citizens. However, we also know that government cannot meet the needs of everyone in this country at the same time. That is why we, at Press Trust, will continue complementing government’s efforts so that, together, we can achieve meaningful development in the country,” Phiri said.

Press Trust says over the past 20 years it has spent $25 million (about K18 billion) on critical social areas. According to Phiri, almost 90 percent of that funding has gone to education, health and social welfare.

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She also said the trustees have already committed close to K1 billion to funding social development programmes.

One of the projects under the programme Phiri highlighted is the construction of two girls’ hostels at Dowa Secondary School.

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