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By Aubrey Alphonse Ligomeka (Pictures Courtesy by the writer)

10 January 2023

One of the classrooms at Chitika

Nzenza Junior Primary School now Chitika Local Education Authority (LEA) is a government owned institution of free learning that is found in Neno district particularly in Neno North Constituency in the area of Senior Traditional Authority (STA) Dambe, Kamoto Village,Southern Region of Malawi.

The school started with four (4) volunteers in 2006 and the name was changed in 2017. As of today, it has a total number of 326 students, (220 boys and 106 girls) respectively. The school is surrounded by a good number of communities namely Chakhumbira, Kankhwani, Mike, Fly and William.

Another classroom at the school

The school lies on a 2½ acre total land with 6 classrooms under the Nsambi education zone and out of the mentioned number of classrooms only one is constructed using moulded bricks (was constructed by a charitable organisation called ‘Build On’, in 2016), while the rest are made of reeds with glass thatched roofs. It has a total staff of 6 teachers with no any office administration block (head teachers office and staff room for the teachers).

The only classroom constructed using bricks

The school also faces shortage of desks as some learners sit on the bare floor and this has resulted in low student enrolment as some learners do not even have interest in attending education at the institution due to the current state of the school and during the rainy season, some learners do not report for classes because the glass thatched classrooms are always full of mud and this makes it difficult for them to fully concentrate on their lessons.

The school has a clean piped water supply system with a tank which is diverted from a nearby river but it does not function and there is a kitchen with two ablution blocks which needs to be renovated.

Inside: Learners sit on the bricks, therefore, well-wishers/sponsors and donors are being requested to help in the construction of classroom blocks, toilets, and an office block but also to donate school learning materials.