The South: Sports equipment for Nyamadzere Community Day Secondary School in NsanjeEnlarge image Nyamadzere Community Day Secondary School - group picture (© Andrea Waldau)
On Friday, 20 July 2012, Mrs Andrea Waldau and Mr Johannes Scharlau from the German Embassy in Lilongwe travelled to the Southernmost tip of Malawi to hand over sports equipment to Nyamadzere Community Day Secondary School in Nsanje, about 500 km from Lilongwe. Nyamadzere CDSS is the third school that received sports equipment such as footballs, netballs, ball pumps and sports uniforms in recent days.
Enlarge image Nyamadzere Community Day Secondary School - speech by the school headmistress Mrs Cecilia Plaizi Kamoyo (© Andrea Waldau) Nyamadzere CDSS has about 400 students. In her speech at the handover ceremony, headmistress Mrs Cecilia Plaizi Kamoyo pointed out that it became increasingly difficult to buy materials for the football and netball teams of the school. Therefore the donations was very welcome – even though there were some minor academic concerns: "I hope you will still pay attention during classes and not only think about playing sports!", Mrs Kamoyo appealed to her students.
Mr MacGrivery Tchapo of the Nsanje District Assembly appreciated the fact that Nsanje district was chosen by the Embassy, and that representatives from the Embassy embarked on the long journey South to hand over the materials in person. There were big cheers from the students when the materials were handed over to the sports master of the school.
During a spontaneous training session with the new balls, and wearing their new jerseys, the members of the football team demonstrated some serious skills. The Embassy is quite confident that the netball team is as strong, and that the Nyamadzere CDSS teams will be tough to beat in the future.
But of course sports is about more than winning. In his speech, Deputy Head of the German Embassy, Johannes Scharlau appealed to the team spirit of the students: "It does not matter if you win or lose, as long as you help each other out and give your best."
The Embassy will distribute more sports equipment to Community Day Secondary Schools throughout Malawi in the weeks and months to follow.