Empowering the grassroots: Sports equipment for St. Martins Community Day Secondary SchoolEnlarge image St. Martins Community Day Secondary School - handover of jerseys and balls by Johannes Scharlau, German Embassy (© Sabrina Lahrmann)
On Tuesday, 17 July 2012, St. Martins became the second Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) to receive sports equipment from the German Embassy in Lilongwe.
At the handover ceremony which took place at the school’s premises several speakers commended the German Government for reaching out to Malawian rural schools.
National Council’s Central Region Sports Development Officer, Mr Isaac Phiri remarked that "Most notable players that the country has produced were scouted from schools such as this one. Rural schools and CDSS’s in particular, are lacking in so many areas including sports equipment. It is a relief to have partners supporting sports at the grassroots level."
The most telling moment arrived when students donned the sports jerseys and vest and played with the balls. Happiness abounded.
Explaining the rationale behind giving the equipment straight to schools, Deputy Head of the German Embassy, Johannes Scharlau explained, "This enables us to support sports activities directly where they happen … and we will travel from Nsanje to Karonga to deliver the equipment and interact with the students."
The ceremony was also graced by Sports Desk Officer from the Ministry of Education, teachers, the school committee, traditional and religious leaders.
Located 65 kilometres from Lilongwe central, St Martins CDSS caters for 300 students with some having to walk up to 2 hours to attend classes.