SDA church constructs a primary school in Choma
Choma, July 10th, 2013, ZANIS —- THE SWAN Seventh Day Adventist church (SDA) Church has constructed a school in Choma District aimed at supplementing government efforts in the education sector.
Swan SDA church administration elder Roy Wakumelo said the Maranatha Primary school is currently steadily growing and employing 10 teachers providing services from preschool to grade five.
Mr. Wakumelo said this in an interview in Choma today.
The multimillion kwacha school was constructed to assist parents who cannot afford school fees and is sponsoring pupils who are in dire need through the church education department.
He stated that the school that has been constructed through the Swan SDA financial support programmes has since seen pupils who have graduated to high school.
Mr. Wakumelo stated that the school has a completed 1 by 3 classroom block while the other 1 by 3 classroom block will soon be roofed to run to grade 7 level.
He explained that the school further offers adult education for people who want to improve their literacy levels.
‘’The second 1 by 3 classroom block that is still under construction has received financial support from a United States based SDA pastor, James Mangum, We are planning to construct a clinic at the school plot where natural remedies will be offered after fully completing the school,’’ said Mr. Wakumelo.
He pointed out that the uncompleted 1 by 3 classroom block will be completed before the end of the year.
Mr. Wakumelo was however quick to appeal for assistance towards the construction of the school as it carters for all members of the community.
He observed that the school is further planning to install a water tank to supply the school with clean drinking water once there is intermittent piped water supply.
‘’We are also planning to install power to the school to increase the number of learning hours and introduce programmes such as project management for the youths to acquire various skills,’’ he explained.
Mr. Wakumelo further stated that the school is training pupils who will have a Christian background, God fearing and know the rule of law.
‘’The school has assisted parents who are underprivileged and cannot afford to pay school fees and has further assisted through the church educational department to sponsor children in need who have since reached high school,’’ he said.
The second goal of the millennium development goals is to achieve universal primary education, every child has the right to go to school, but millions are still being left behind.
Universal primary education involves entering school at an appropriate age, progressing through the system and completing a full cycle.
Today, there are over 30 million more children in school than in the beginning of the decade. There have been some remarkable success stories. Primary school enrolments have increased dramatically in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in South and West Asia.
However, there are 72 million children still out of school. Nearly half of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. On current trends, 56 million children could still be out of school by 2015.