U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, together with Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science, and Technology Bright Msaka, on November 20 broke ground on a new Community Day Secondary School in Mwalasi, Machinga District. This ground-breaking marks the first phase of construction for ten new Community Day Secondary Schools to be constructed in Machinga and Balaka Districts to be funded by the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Apatseni Mwayi Atsikana Aphunzire (AMAA) project.
Mwalasi, and four other new Community Day Secondary Schools to be constructed in Machinga District located at Kayuni, Ntalala, Matanda, and Mkotamo, will be ready for the 2018 school year, providing classroom space for over 1,000 secondary school students in Machinga alone. Five additional secondary schools to be constructed in Balaka District next year will benefit an additional 1,000 students. The U.S. Government is providing funding for school construction, classroom furniture, textbooks, and science kits while Malawi’s Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology will provide teachers and staff.