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STATEMENT ON THE COMMISSIONING OF A CLASSROOM BLOCK IN MPIKA

Minister in the Office of the Vice President Sylvia Chalikosa has reiterated the importance of adequate school  infrastructure in improving the education system in the country.

Ms Chalikosa was speaking today during  the commissioning of a 1×3 classroom block at Chipundu Secondary School in Mpika district of Muchinga province. The classroom block was constructed by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) at the cost of K285,000.

The School block was damaged due to heavy rainfall. Ms Chalikosa urged the school children and community at large, to ensure the infrastructure is well taken care of to prevent any such eventuality.

Ms Chalikosa added that proper infrastructure is a motivation to pupils attending school. This in turn ensures improvement in the education system.

She said there is need to implement measures such as tree planting to tackle the effects of climate change, which is the major cause of most of the damaged infrastructure in the country.

And speaking at the same event, Chipundu Headteacher Victoria Chimba  thanked government for the good gesture, adding that the School suffered a set back after the classroom block was damaged due to the heavy rains experienced in the area.

Mrs Chimba  has further appealed to  government to construct more classroom blocks to fit the status of the Secondary School bestowed on it.

Meanwhile, in its continuous relief distribution exercise, DMMU has released a  total of 5,500 bags of mealie meal to households in need of relief support in Chiawa area of Kafue district. This follows reports of looming hunger due to poor rainfall experienced in the area.

DMMU wishes to assure the nation that the Unit will always endeavor to serve the people in dire need of relief assistance and will ensure no one dies of hunger due to the effects of climate change.

Issued by

Racheal Chama

DMMU Communications Officer

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