Government says there is need for rural communities to partner with and complement government in improving education facilities in their areas.
Namwala District Commissioner Mary Sakala said government has an open policy of encouraging communities to work with it to improve social amenities.
ZANIS reports that Ms Sakala said this in a speech read for her by Namwala District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) Martin Skainga at a fundraising function organized to raise money for construction of a school wall fence and rehabilitation of ablution blocks.
The District Commissioner urged the Namwala Community to emulate late Chief Mukobela Lubanga Shabongwe who built Lubanga Shabongwe primary school with his own resources in 1950 and later handed over the school to government in 1954.
Ms Sakala said there is need for the community to help rehabilitate the school to supplement the already existing support from government through the Ministry of Education.
She further appealed to former pupils of the school to plough back to the school which contributed to their wellbeing.
Lubanga Shabongwe currently has 22 classrooms to cater for 2,112 pupils, and has 9 teachers’ houses to meet the housing needs of 42 teachers at the school.
And speaking at the same function Chief Mukobela of the Ila people of Namwala District commended government for its efforts of improving education facilities in the district.
The Chief who spoke through his representative headman Shamutoko further praised school management for embarking on plans to construct a wall fence and rehabilitate the school ablution.
The traditional leader said this is the only way the people of Namwala can uphold the dreams of late Chief Mukobela Lubanga Shabongwe who built the school to empower the community with education.