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Airtel Malawi donate bicycles to needy students in Ntchisi district

By Shadreck Maoni:

Airtel Malawi, one of the leading telecommunications companies in the country in partnership with 2 Wheels to School has on Wednesday donated bicycles and other learning materials to students at Mpherere Community Day Secondary School in Ntchisi district as one way of tryinng to promote education in the country.

The donation is worth K6. 4 million.

Speaking after the donation, Airtel Malawi Assistant Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Veronica Ngulube said Airtel Malawi is passionate about education and believes in championing education in the country.

Apart from failing to settle tuition fees, some of the problems that were there before the donation were that of students traveling long distances to and from school and lack learning materials such as notes.

Ngulube said the donation will help the students that have been struggling as the project is aimed at making sure that access to education is achieved.

“We believe that every child should have access to education as education helps in upbringing children as responsible citizens in the society. As Airtel we feel the passion about education, some of these students we have presented the donation today travel long distances to get to school therefore we have provided the bicycles to ease their way to and from school. We have as well made a tuition fees donation for those that couldn’t pay the fee to access education”, she said.

On behalf of 2 Wheels to School, Promise Chipeta said as a team they observed that there were alot of problems being faced by students as they fail to get to school on time due to long distances. This gave them courage to approach Airtel Malawi for help.

Chipeta said the response from Airtel Malawi is timely and important as it will help to reduce the rate of school drop outs.

“We saw a high rate of school drop outs due to long distances to school therefore we thought it wise to intervene. We want to help them stay in school and not just staying in school but rather doing well in class. We do believe this donation will yield results”, said Chipeta.

A form 4 student, Innocent Kanyinji, who is one of the beneficiaries at the school thanked Airtel Malawi for the gesture saying that the bicycles will go a long way to alleviate mobility woes.

Kanyinji said walking long distances affected their performance in class something which will change after receiving the bicycles.

“We mostly come late to class as learning starts as early as 7am. Most times we find our friends already in some lessons. With this donation our performance will change for the best as we will be able to get to class on time”, he said.

The donation made on Wednesday is a project that will see students from 4 schools in the central region, 3 schools each in the southern and northern regions getting a similar gesture.

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