School blocks that will fix things at my school

Alpha, standard 8
Alpha , standard 7 student at Nankhali
© UNICEF Malawi/2018/Jacob Nankhonya

By Alpha Mkandawire

My name is Alpha Mkandawire. I go to  Nankhali primary school and live in Kadzakumanja village, in the Lilongwe district. My parents are pastors at a local church.

At my school, UNICEF is helping to construct three classroom blocks. They will include classrooms, staff house, a library and water pumps.

I am very excited about the construction project because it will help in my education as it will mean I will be able to learn under shelter. The rains will not disturb me like they do when we take our lessons under trees.

The library will also help me to sharpen my knowledge. I will be able to do research from books which will help be with answers to exercises that my teachers give me.

Toilets will help me to have a healthy life. They will help control the spread of diseases like cholera and diarrhoea. Water pumps will also help quench my thirst and allow me to wash my hands after visiting the toilets.

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Chimwemwe and his fellow students discussing the school block designs 
© UNICEF Malawi/2018/Jacob Nankhonya

For an assignment, I did an interview with the District Education Manager, Anderson Mtandika. He said he was happy about the construction because children will be able to get a better education.

I also interviewed Ursula Currie, who is leading the project at UNICEF. She said that UNICEF will ask the Ministry of Education to take part in the project.

While Ms Currie comes from Ireland, Germany is donating the money for the project. Ms Currie said that the project will start before Christmas.

I want to be a bank manager when I finish my education.

 

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