Airtel Networks Zambia Plc has officially handed over a 1 x 2 classroom block to the Tunyafwane Community of Rufunsa district. The classroom block which has been built at a cost of over K350,000 is meant to help the Chitemalesa community as children have been walking more than 5 kilometres to reach the nearest school.
Airtel’s Managing Director Mr. Peter Correia handed over the block to the Ministry of Education through the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Mr. Steven Katuta, and reminded the pupils and community of how important Education is to not just individuals but for the economy of any country.
“Airtel Networks Zambia Plc identifies Education as one of its’ key pillars in Corporate Social Responsibility and sees Education as a gateway to a better future for every child. We know that Knowledge is power and that getting a form of basic education is key to not just building oneself but also the enhancement of the country’s economy,” Mr. Correia said.
Receiving the classroom block, the District Education Board Secretary Mr Katuta who was flanked by area Member of Parliament Mrs Sheal Mulyata thanked Airtel for the gesture and continued commitment to changing the lives of people through their various Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.
“I do not have words today. My happiness to receive this classroom block cannot be quantified because Airtel have not only built us two classrooms but they have also provided 40 desks for the classrooms. As a Ministry we are now saying this school is no longer a community school but a Primary school and we shall endeavour to send trained teachers here to come and teach,” Mr. Katuta said.
Member of Parliament for Rufunsa, Mrs Sheal Mulyata said she was overwhelmed with Airtel’s generosity and pledged to help build a teacher’s house at the school.
“I am pledging K2, 000 plus some cement for the community to start building a house for the teacher. We as the people of Rufunsa need to show Airtel that we are not here to just receive but also help ourselves where we can,” Mrs Mulyata said.
Aside the classroom block and desks, Airtel also handed over a brick-making machine to help the community become sustainable.
Source: Airtel Zambia