GPE Helps Construct 1,000 New Classrooms in Malawi This Year
May 04, 2012
The Global Partnership in the News
The Local Development Fund (LDF) has announced plans to construct 1,100 more school classrooms across the country in the next nine months with funding from the Malawi government and donors to the tune of K3.5 billion.
LDF will also construct 200 teachers' houses and 350 latrines in various schools across the country as part of the same programme.
Rolling out the programme in Blantyre on Thursday, Ministry of Education's Principle Planning Officer Grace Milner said the project was part of the Education Sector World Approach (SWAP) which commenced in January 2010.
He said through SWAP and Global Partnership for Education (GPE), 4,500 classrooms were earmarked to be constructed by Ministry of Education by 2014.
However, Milner said due to procurement problems, there has been very slow progress in the implementation of the infrastructure project and thus several alternatives were considered to try and fast track the construction.
"To fast track the construction of classroom blocks, we decided to rope in Local Development Fund," said Milner.
LDF's Executive Director Ted Kalebe hailed the Ministry of Education for entrusting the LDF in the construction of classrooms and teacher's houses.
He said the programme was in line with LDF's mandate since it was established to coordinate all development investment related activities at local levels and contribute to integrate rural development which is one of the key pillars of the MDGS.
"It is my belief and prayer that all other government ministries and departments will emulate the good example set by your ministry to channel all development related expenditures at local level through LDF," he said.