Honourable Minister, Dr John Phiri,

Distinguished Guests,

Residents of the Community,

Pupils, Teachers and Tablers.

On behalf of SIKSHA Foundation, it is my pleasure to join with you today in celebrating the official handover of the school block which was painstakingly built by the PTA working hand in hand with the Round Table Zambia (RTZ) and funded by a grant from SIKSHA Foundation.

Very briefly, SIKSHA Foundation head quartered in USA is a non-profit charity dedicated to taking strides that directly change the lives of children around the world. The efforts made by the SIKSHA Foundation working with partners like RTZ are for the benefit of pupils and made possible by the generosity of our benefactors and donors.

I would like to applaud the efforts of the PTA and RTZ in developing infrastructure for education. I urge the parents, teachers and RTZ to continue working together as in education lies the future of our children and the nation.

SIKSHA Foundation welcomes the opportunity to supplement Government’s efforts in bringing education to the people. In this regard I would like to request the Honourable Minister to mandate an official that would work with RTZ and SIKSHA. This would minimise red tape and delays in executing projects. Our assistance to Jackson Phiri Community School will continue as we have agreed to fund an ablution block and bore hole to promote hygiene and ensure continuous water supply to the school.

Let me end my brief remarks by stating that the SIKSHA Foundation is happy to work with community service clubs on education project as long as the funds are deployed in accordance with grant agreements and projects are completed on schedule.

As I close, I would like to thank Mr. Alpha Mwale, RTZ’s National Projects Convenor, Mr. Willis Muhanga, RTZ’s President, the community and the PTA for their tireless efforts in making this community service project a reality. In the same vein, I would also like to thank office bearers of RTZ and Tablers for their help and support.

I thank you.

Hemant Desai