DOWA-(MaraviPost)- In its continued corporate social responsibility drive in the education sector, the country’s main fuel importer, Petroleum Importation Limited (PIL), on Friday donated desks worth MK1.8 million to Kabwinja Community Day Secondary School (CDSS), in the central district of Dowa.
The desk donation is expected to improve girls’ enrollment at the school since students have been learning while sitting on the floor, due to lack of desks.
Established in 1997 with an enrollment of 100 students, Kabwinja has been operating without desks for 20 years. This year students will for the first time, sit for the Malawi School Certificate Education (MSCE) examination.
Therefore, in its quest for PIL, to meet its social corporate responsibility, has this year pset aside MK50 million, to help address the education and health sectors’ challenges in various communities across the nation.
Speaking with The Maravi Post after handing over a consignment of 50 desks to the school, Elwell Kadango, PIL’s General Manager said he was touched with the pathetic situation at the institution of no desks for students since the establishment of the school.
Kadango explained that since the PIL is a good corporate citizen, and cares for communities it serves, hence the donation. He emphasized that PIK will continue supporting education facilities as a means of ensuring a better future for the youth.
He observed that the youth constitute a significant proportion of the country’s population, which must not be ignored; it is the country’s future, and a concerted effort must be employed to ensure youth’s aspirations are adequately met.
The PIL manager therefore, pledged his company’s commitment to continue reaching out to more schools with inadequate resources to promote high education standards.
“Our company understands that in Malawi, most schools have inadequate learning resources, and the demand is usually very high, especial in public schools. This is the reason we made MK1.8 million desks donated to Kabwinja School today,” Kadango said.
In his remarks, Beston Kaphale, the school’s headteacher lauded the company for rescuing the institution, which still lacks an administration block and teachers houses.
Kaphale assured PIL of total care for the donated desks. He also requested other companies and individuals to assist the school with teaching and learning materials.
In her excitement, form-three student Alifonia Mathews, said her zeal for school has been revived, and she will be able to work and sit properly using the school desk.
Alifonia added that learning was hard, considering the condition of sitting on the floor, increased concerns about her hygiene.
Petroleum Importers Limited is 1999 private incorporated company, tasked with importing fuel into Malawi which has been importing bulk of fuel for the country.