Zambian based in Canada builds school in Mumbwa
Mumbwa District Commissioner (DC) Dowell Chilimboyi has expressed satisfaction with the private public partnership ventures dealing with the enhancement of education in the district.
Speaking during a handover ceremony of Mubula Community Basic School in Mwembeshi Constituency today, Mr. Chilimboyi was particularly happy with the efforts of a Canadian based Zambian, Patrick Mpulubusi, whose contributions had resulted in the construction of the entire school infrastructure.
Mr. Chilimboyi said that government appreciated efforts from the private sector and individuals, adding that private public partnership was cardinal in both the 2030 economic vision and the Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP).
The two initiatives are aimed at graduating the nation from a low income country into middle income status.
He commended Mr. Patrick Mpulubusi for having funded K156 million, which was used to build nine classrooms, nine teachers hosues and 6 toilets.
He described Mr. Mpulubusi’s actions as a selfless achievement.
Mr. Chilimboyi observed that government’s efforts to develop education in rural areas needed the support from progressive minded citizens, adding that it was gratifying to note that some Zambians living abroad had responded to the challenge.
Meanwhile, proprietor of the School Mr. Mpulubusi disclosed that he was inspired to help in building the school by a calling made by President Levy Mwanawasa, in which Zambians living abroad were urged to plough back into local communities.
He said that children in some rural communities had difficulties in accessing basic education due poor financial status of their parents, noting that many of the children had to walk long distances to school.
Mr. Mpulubusi pledged to continue donating towards improving the school and expressed willingness to help in availing more schools to local communities.
He revealed that the school had nine trained teachers and that he would acquire desks, chairs and other education inputs for the school soon.
He said that he would always be close to the community where he grew up even though he was based in Canada.
He has since urged other successful citizens to adopt and help rural communities in promoting education for all.
Mubula Basic Community School is located in Mwembeshi Constituency’s Mpulubusi village, which has a population of over 3000 people.