Speaking at the handover ceremony of the project TNM’s Head of Mobile Money Chikhulupiliro Mphatso said the Luchenza project is a continuation of fulfilment of the pledge by TNM Mpamba to give back to communities in need.
“Mpamba Trust has decided to intervene to address the plight of students at Luchenza Secondary School. We are handing over a disability-friendly infrastructure worth K4 Million using interests from Mpamba. This is a fulfilment of our promise to give back to communities and all Malawians in need. We have been doing this since 2013,” Mphatso said.
Mphatso said TNM Mpamba’s goal is to contribute towards improvement of education standards by promoting inclusive access to quality and non-discriminatory education for students at all key levels of the education system.
“TNM appreciates that physically challenged learners drop out of school because their environment is not conducive to learning. They may also face different forms of stigma occasioned by the unfriendly learning environments. Where there are no guarantees of support, such stigma becomes internalized at the individual level due to the frustration,” he said.
District Education Manager for Luchenza Godfrey Kubwese said the absence of ramps at the school, students with physical disabilities found it hard to move around campus as they had to go round the school to get to their various classes.
Kubwense said the policy of an all inclusive education facility is slowly taking shape at Luchenza Secondary School.
“Movement around the school was really a big challenge. These learners will now move on their own without anyone carrying them up the steps. We will safeguard the ramps so that the school continues to be disability friendly environment,” he said.
The ramp that will ease mobility for students who are physically challenged
The school was opened in the late 1990s and it accommodates physically challenged learners.
The TNM Mpamba Trust Fund uses interest from the mobile money business to invest in corporate conscious projects and causes in the community in all the regions of Malawi. The Fund’s investment focus is on Education, Health and Vulnerable Groups.