La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, shakes hands with Ethiopian young children during a ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov. 20, 2015. La Yifan said China would continue to strengthen its cooperation with Ethiopia and Africa in general in education and human resource development. The Ambassador made the remarks on Thursday at a ceremony organized to celebrate the accomplishment of Chinese-funded pavement and road on the premises of a primary school namely Tinbite Ermiyas Primary School in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, shakes hands with Ethiopian young children during a ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov. 20, 2015. La Yifan said China would continue to strengthen its cooperation with Ethiopia and Africa in general in education and human resource development. The Ambassador made the remarks on Thursday at a ceremony organized to celebrate the accomplishment of Chinese-funded pavement and road on the premises of a primary school namely Tinbite Ermiyas Primary School in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

David Nyamai, the Headmaster of Matangini Primary School, told Xinhua during an interview on Tuesday that pupils from under-privileged backgrounds have benefited from the modern classrooms financed by CRBC.

“Our pupils can now study at peace thanks to CRBC who financed the construction of permanent classrooms in the new site after we relocated from the area adjacent to a quarry. CRBC leased the new land for a period of three years,” said Nyamai.

The old Matangini primary school was adjacent to a quarry where stones used in the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) are crushed.

Nyamai said the crushing of stones unleashed noise and dust that disrupted learning, hence the unanimous decision to relocate the school in May 2015.

“We held several consultative meetings with local leaders and CRBC agreed to lease a new land elsewhere and construct new classrooms. Our pupils can now enjoy a serene atmosphere for learning,” Nyamai told Xinhua.

He revealed that CRBC has pledged donation of textbooks and other learning materials to boost the performance of pupils.

Currently, Matangini primary school has 217 pupils and nine teaching staff.

Nyamai said the school has recorded average performance in national examinations while construction of modern classrooms could attract more bright and ambitious pupils.

“Our top performer in last year’s national examinations for class eight scored an above average grade and we hope new classrooms and availability of textbooks will raise our academic standards,” said Nyamai.

He was upbeat the partnership with CRBC will not only elevate the academic standards of Matangini primary school, but also boost literacy levels in the region.

The Chairman of Matangini primary school John Mwania hailed the support from CRBC to help pupils study in a conducive environment.

“We now have permanent classrooms that have raised the morale of our pupils. They are now studying harder to achieve their goals in life,” said Mwania, adding that CRBC has promised to finance electrification of the school.

CRBC has financed the renovation of Matangini primary school in line with its corporate social responsibility ethos.

Zhao Chunyang, CRBC liaison officer at section 6 of the Standard Gauge Railway, said modernization of Matangini primary school has benefited the wider community.

“The renovation of Matangini primary school has accomplished a lot and once the SGR project is complete, we will help pupils relocate to the old school adjacent to a quarry,” Zhao remarked, adding that CRBC has financed the upgrading of the old Matangini primary school. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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