The Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) has said it is committed to helping government in uplifting the standards of education in the country.
General Secretary for the synod, Alex Maulana, was speaking in Blantyre on Friday when he toured construction works for a boys’ hostel at HHI Secondary School.
Maulana said the church believes that educated citizens are crucial for the development of any country.
He said the synod is slowly realising its dream of transforming HHI School, which has a total enrolment of 600 students, into a fully-fledged boarding school.
“As you may be aware HHI was essentially a day school although there was a small provision for accommodation for students residing afar. However, the synod management has been facing a lot of pressure from parents wanting their children to be accommodated here at school,” said Maulana.
He said by commuting to the school every day, students face risks of accidents as well as abuse, especially the girl child.
“Parents look at fatigue and time lost by the children in commuting to and from school, time which should have been put to better use like studying and doing homework.
“On the other hand, the church felt it necessary to implement interventions that would foster the development of Christian morals and values among the students. Agreeably these students are the future leaders of the country and it is, therefore, imperative that we prepare them for such,” said Maulana.
Chairperson of the hostel project, Dave Saeluzika, said the initiative is being implemented with financial support from well-wishers from Netherlands.
“Through the grace of God we were able to identify donor partners from Netherlands who have so far contributed up to K230 million towards the project.
“We also approached Press Trust Limited who, after appreciating the project and its concept, contributed K50 million whereas K20 million came from the school’s internally generated funds bringing total funding to K300 million,” said Saeluzika.
He observed that once construction of the new hostel block is completed in August 2016, the school will have accommodation for a total of 400 students.