Speaking to a local television station, the Group CEO of Old Mutual Malawi, Edith Jiya, said Naotcha primary school has a lot of challenges that’s why the company thought of adopting it prior to activities marking Mandela Day.
“We have come to paint classrooms here at Naotcha primary school; we are also donating 250 desks. The total amount for this initiative is K5 million and we are grateful to our parent company Old Mutual Limited in South Africa who have also contributed a significant amount towards the activities,” said Jiya.
She disclosed that her organization has launched Naotcha Community Transformation Programme which seeks to identify the pressing needs in Naotcha.
“Basically what is happening in the programme is to identify needs of this community and we are finding partners who are bringing their technical expertise and financial resources as well to make a difference. For instance one of the priority needs in this area is water.
“There’s a single borehole at this institution which also serves the surrounding community and 4000 plus students of this school. There is usually conflict of interest as students and the community want to use water at the same time, so we have identified a partner who will fix more water points to ease the pressure,” explained Jiya.
In her remarks, deputy head teacher for Naotcha primary school, Maureen Ngwala, said Old Mutual has been a friend indeed as their relationship keeps getting stronger.
“Old Mutual has been there for us. They have been coming to identify our needs and they saw that the classrooms were very dirty hence the painting. We have over 4800 students at this school against a small number of desks which means most students were sitting on the floor,” said Ngwala.
Old Mutual is a pension fund management firm which was established as early as 1845 in Cape Town, then Cape Colony in South Africa. It has dual listing on Johannesburg and London stock exchange markets. The firm has branches in many countries including Malawi.