—The Irish government has given Ndeke Primary School in Mazabuka district a grant of over K1300,000 for the delivery of improved school infrastructure.
Mazabuka District Commissioner, Eugene Munyama, said the Irish government through its Irish Aid has allocated a total of K1, 337.000 to allow the school embark on new construction projects.
Mr Munyama told ZANIS in an interview in Mazabuka today that the grant has already been received in the district and will go towards the construction of six classroom blocks as well as an ablution block housing 32 toilets.
The District Commissioner stated that although a contractor for the project has not yet been identified, the project is expected to commence within the course of this month, saying all necessary logistics have already been put in place.
Mr Munyama has since thanked Irish Aid for its support and assured that those charged with the responsibility to handle the funds will ensure that they are properly accounted for the benefit of children.
And according to an agreement signed by Irish Ambassador to Zambia, Finbar o’ Brien, Irish Aid and School Head teacher, Steward Ndaliba, the funding is part of a bilateral progrmme of support to the education sector articulated in the country’s strategic paper for Zambia 2013- 2017.
The support rendered by Irish Aid to Ndeke Primary School is also aimed at improving access to primary education for the vulnerable as well as to reduce the number of pupils failing to access primary education in the local community.
The agreement also highlights the need to improve learner performance and delivery of new curriculum which includes technological subjects.
The agreement further demanded that the school ensures procurement undertaken in connection with the project is conducted in accordance with international best practice, in particular in respect of openness, transparency and fairness.
The agreement further demands that the school is properly administered such that the funding is used solely for the purposes set out in approved planning, monitoring and budgeting documents and that all activities funded under this budget are to be recorded fully and accurately.