Alumni from Bwiba Full Primary School in Karonga district, this week, praised the vital role that the social media networks are currently playing in bringing people together, that is fostering developmental projects in communities.
The Bwiba Alumni Association was established last August through a WhatsApp group with the aim of rendering support and assistance to its former primary school. It has members throughout Malawi, and the Diaspora, that includes trained health personnel, accountants, and teachers.
Speaking to The Maravi Post following the donation of over 5,500 notebooks, 2,000 pencils and 1,000 ballpoint pens for Bwiba learners, its estimated value is over Mk 1 million.
The chairperson of the Association, Hilton Mwamsamali, said the former Bwiba students met on WhatsApp chat group, and decided to establish the Association to assist their former school.
“The grouping which makes up Bwiba Alumni, is very passionate about our roots and to be here as alumnus, is credited to this school, so we came here, to give back to the society that made us who we are today,” he said.
He further added that as former Bwiba primary school learners, they are ready to assist as much as they can to the school, and the donation of various items was just a springboard for future donations.
Veins Primary School Headteacher Clay Simbeye, said the school was very happy with the generous donation from the former students.
“We always hear about alumni donating to their former secondary schools, but we never hear of primary schools getting donations, so this is the
first of its kind here in the district, and I’m very delighted and grateful to them,” he said adding that the donation of notebooks, pencils, and pens will encourage and motivate the children to come to school every day, so as they can strive to become what the alumni are today.
He therefore, thanked the dormer students, at the same time, challenged them to continue doing the good work, as the school has inadequate resources such as classroom blocks and staff houses.
Bwiba Full Primary School, was established in 1963, and currently has an enrollment of over 1,500 students at the school.