Most children in sub-Saharan Africa walk to school. Sometimes the distances are substantial. This is true in Malawi as well. The walk is that much longer for young girls. They usually wake up earlier than most, fetch water, get the fire going to heat water for bathing, help feed the other children, and then dress and go to school – sometimes a very long walk. Visit this link which tells the story of Sylvia, who is in primary school, and who has to walk almost 3 miles to school, one way, every day.
The Nzeru Foundation wishes to help mitigate this by building schools in rural areas to enable as many as possible to have access to excellence in education.
32 refurbished computers are now at their new home at Emmanuel Secondary School in Salima, Malawi. All of this was possible because of a generous grant from the Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation. I was able to purchase software that will be used by three of the teachers to instruct the student on the basics of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. They are excited and are patiently (maybe!) the installation of a transformer on the electrical pole by the school which will then lead to the school being hardwired into a rather shaky Malawi electrical grid. Thank you so very much to the Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation for making these smiles happen.
Funds have already been transferred and construction is already in progress for this third and final phase of the initial building of Emmanuel Secondary School. A lab and two teacher homes are being constructed. The teacher homes will assist with greater security and more immediate responsiveness to school matters. It also shows the community that we are serious about education. This could not have occurred without the generosity of the Antioch Foundation. We sincerely thank you. I will be going to Malawi in March and I will be posting pictures and video on the construction, both past and present. As we say in Malawi, zikomo kwambiri.
Just a little bit of really good news….The Minister of Education has signed the paperwork officially recognizing Emmanuel Secondary School as a certified school. Secondly, we are now an official examination site, again, recognized by the Ministry of Education. Director Patrick Magombo has worked tirelessly to make this happen.
The computers are almost at their destination. Patrick and I will be communicating in the interim to make things ready and to insure that everything is up and running by the time I arrive in Malawi in March. Again, this is all completely due to the generosity of the Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation. What a blessing.
As of last week we were at 176 students and counting. We have also received multiple requests to receive boarders. Patrick has made some temporary shelters to accommodate the boarders.
Patrick let me know that on September 13th Dr. Kemme and his son Frank visited Emmanuel Secondary School. Dr. Kemme had generously donated the funds for the school desks and he was able to see them occupied and in use. Dr. Kemme sent a few photos and I included two on the school page. Thank you for the visit, Dr. Kemme. You are always welcome!
School began on September 3 and to day we have approximately 100 secondary school students (students are still registering) and we have tentatively begun a primary school. There was a lot of demand for one and Patrick decided, with the assent of the staff, to begin one. We have received some funds that will cover the start up expenses that were unexpected. We thank you for those gifts. Please continue to share the news of this project with your friends and family members.
Where to begin? The Independent School Association of Malawi (ISAMA) has officially recognized Emmanuel Secondary School as a member and as proof has sent them a formal certificate of membership. It is already framed and hanging on the wall in the school administration block.
Due to the generous Laidig Foundation grant Director Patrick Magombo was able to purchase extra land adjoining the school property!
Patrick Magombo received a visit from the British High Council who requested that Emmanuel Secondary School participate in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and that Emmanuel Secondary School be a testing site of the IGCSE examinations! All of this and the classrooms are not yet in session. This is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of Patrick and his new staff.
Patrick and the school staff will be interviewing the students individually and ascertain where each is scholastically. The aim will be to properly place them and position them for success. This process will be starting this week.
Patrick will be meeting with Ministry of Education officials this weeks to receive his formal registration with the Ministry!
Director Patrick Magombo recently met with the new staff members of Emmanuel Secondary School. Here are some of them preparing for school!
There was a need to complete a land purchase, to purchase the remaining desks and finish buying school books and supplies and…..The Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation graciously supplied the total need with a gift of $8,900! Thank you ever so much. As we say in Malawi, Zikomo Kwambiri!! Here are a couple new photos of Emmanuel School that The Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation have so graciously helped to become a reality.
Patrick interviewed 32 teachers this past week and will be hiring 5 males and 1 female teacher. Our desire is to have an even number of men and women as teachers but the women who have applied have been few and many of them are unable to move because they are married and have family obligations. This is an issue that we will have to work at diligently in the future. One of the long term goals to is to sponsor women who graduate from Emmanuel Secondary School to go to a university in Malawi and get a degree in teaching.