Malawi Politician Slams Madonna Over School Plan

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January 18, 2013 | 7:26am EST

Malawi’s education minister has accused Madonna of exaggerating her charity’s involvement in a new schools project.
The Vogue superstar, who has adopted two children from the African nation, teamed her Raising Malawi charity with a non-profit school-building organization called buildOn to construct 10 educational facilities last year.
Building work was reportedly completed before Christmas and Madonna released a statement praising the achievement: “I am overjoyed that my commitment along with buildOn’s to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition. The fact that more than 4,800 children in Malawi will get to go to school next year is a tremendous step forward for their individual growth and the growth of Malawi.”
However, Education Minister Eunice Kazembe has argued that Madonna’s charity didn’t play such a big part in the project.
She tells British newspaper The Independent, “The schools Raising Malawi claims to have constructed were already in existence. Raising Malawi only built 10 classroom blocks and not schools. People should know the difference between the two.”
Kazembe insisted Malawi government officials were keen to “clarify any misconceptions that may arise”.
The singer has endured numerous problems with her operations in Malawi over the last few years – her plan to build a $15 million elite academy for girls was abandoned amid allegations of financial mismanagement and the project’s collapse led to the dismissal of the foundation’s board of directors.