FDH Bank plc has contributed K3 million to the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) campaign to buy gadgets for needy students aimed at enabling underprivileged students to access quality education through e-learning.
MUST, like most education institutions across the globe, have resorted to online teaching and learning platforms for tuition due to the challenges posed by Covid-19. However, to access material on such online platform, students need to have internet enabling gadgets, which unfortunately, most students at the university cannot afford.
Speaking on March 15, 2021 when he presented a cheque to the university, FDH Bank plc Managing Director Dr Ellias Ngalande said that the bank, through its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative called “FDH Cares”, is committed to supporting education among other areas, to create a sustainable society.
“The K3 million we are handing over today will enable underprivileged students at MUST to access quality education under the online teaching and learning platforms. As FDH Plc, it is always a proud moment when we support the growth of these students because they are our future leaders,” Dr Ngalande explained.
The FDH Bank Plc boss added that they have been in partnership with MUST for some time.
“You may wish to know that the bank currently supports 10 needy students at MUST. These are pursuing different programmes, some unrelated to our core business. This student scholarship is for five years and is valued at K62.5 million.
“It is therefore our hope that this partnership grows. As FDH Banl Plc we are committed to supporting MUST and other higher education institutions to grow the next generation of leaders and scientists in Malawi,” said Ngalande, adding that the bank had also made a similar donation to the Polytechnic of the University of Malawi.
In her remarks, MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata thanked FDH Bank plc for the donation which “will go a long way to support our needy students”.
“Most of our students come from poor families and when we did an assessment, we realized that most of them could not afford these gadgets which are an important aspect in as far as accessing lessons on the online platform is concerned. If we did not come in to support, it meant these students would not have been able to learn on this platform and that is what we do not want to see.
“This is why we don’t take the support from FDH Bank plc for granted. They are our long time partners who have been with us on several charitable initiatives. The university has no alternative to online teaching because with Covid-19 around, we cannot have face to face lessons for all our students. We need to decongest the campus and that can only happen if some students remain home and access content through e-learning,” said Professor Malata.
Currently, only first and final year students and a few other classes are on campus with the rest doing their 2021 first semester through e-learning from their homes. The two groups will later swap after some weeks.