Over the years, learners in the area have been walking an average of 7 kilometres to access primary education and 17 kilometres to the nearest secondary school at Enukweni.
Situated about 20 kilometres off Mzuzu-Karonga M1 Road, the school has a total enrolment of over 400 learners.
After identifying the school in 2007, Mzuzu Lions Club started helping the institution by constructing two classroom blocks.
“As Mzuzu Lions, we first constructed four classrooms here, with funding from Norway Lions Club. Since then, the school community has been making efforts to increase learning space and molding bricks on their own. When we saw that the community is pro-active, we did not hesitate to support them further, hence the construction of additional four classrooms bringing the total number of classrooms to eight,” said Janet Chesney, President for Mzuzu Lions Club during the official opening of the new classroom block.
The officials pose with the kids
The project has been funded by an Irish benefactor, Schools and Health Foundation, which according to its Chief Executive John Mitchell, believes education is an effective tool to free societies from poverty.
Schools and Health Foundation is engaged in such projects in four African countries including Malawi.
Mzuzu Lions Club has constructed the new school block to the tune of 22 million Kwacha.
Apart from increasing teaching and learning space at Malokotera Primary School, Mzuzu Lions Club has also drilled two boreholes and built three teachers houses at the school.