The Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has this year donated tree seedlings to Zomba City Council, Kasungu Education District and Church of Central African Presybterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod. The donation is part of corporate social responsibility as per agreement between MANEB, as a parastatal, and the government of Malawi.
In Zomba City Council, the donation was made to support the Mayor’s Green and Clean City Initiative, which is intended at increasing the tree population in the city and replacing old trees. The initiative was launched by the Zomba City Mayor, Councillor Benson Bullah on 28 January 2020 in the Central Business District of the city. During the launch, heads and representatives of government and parastatal institutions, including, MANEB planted trees.
Kasungu District Education office received 3,000 tree seedlings at a function held on 29 January 2020 at Kauta Primary School, in Lisasadzi zone. The handover of the seedlings to the District Education Manager (DEM), Mr Rabson Kawalala was witnessed by the District Forestry Officer, local community leaders, members of school management committee, and the school community including teachers and learners. During the handover ceremony, which was spiced by Lisasadzi and Kauta primary school learners’ performances, the MANEB Executive Director( ED), Mr Gerald Chiunda , who was the guest of honour , the DEM, local leaders and learners planted some trees . In his handover speech, MANEB Executive Director, Mr Gerald Chiunda explained that MANEB relies on trees as source of paper for the pencil and paper examinations without which its mandate cannot be achieved hence her interest to replace trees that are felled elsewhere for paper production. He called upon the local community and schools to support government’s efforts in environmental protection by planting more trees and taking care of them for the present and future generations to come. The DEM, Mr Kawalala, lamented the lack of trees in some schools, which had made the schools prone to natural disasters. He, therefore, thanked MANEB for the timely donation of the seedlings, which would be distributed to 15 primary schools in the district.
On 30 January 2020, MANEB donated 3,000 pine tree seedlings to CCAP Livingstonia Synod at the launch of the 2020 Synod’s Tree Planting Programme. The donation of the seedlings and launch of the programme were done at Lisasadzi Prayer House after a devotion led by the Synod Moderator elect Isaac Malongo. Present at the function were the Synod’s senior leadership, officials from the District Forestry Office, Lisasadzi congregants and MANEB staff from the Northern Region Office. To mark the launch of the programme MANEB ED, the Synod leadership led by the General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo, Lisasadzi congregants and MANEB staff planted over 300 tree seedlings. The Synod leadership thanked MANEB for supporting the Synod’s initiatives in environmental protection.
The ED pointed out that procurement of the seedlings was done using funds that MANEB had set aside for corporate social responsibility and, therefore, urged the congregants to nurture the trees and jealously guard them against any destructive practices. He further indicated that as an institution, MANEB was ready to collaborate with any institution in environmental protection and conservation.