Learner reading at Bumba Primary School

Malawi

School Aid has been working with partners in Malawi since 2012. During that time we’ve reached some of the country’s most remote schools, shipping over 196,980 books to 150 schools which support 96,535 children, including a number of orphans and vulnerable children. In 2016 we worked with our partners on a research and development reading club project, the resulting success of which has helped shape and roll out our current reading club programme in our other focus countries. In 2018 we will launch the first School Aid Malawi school library, complete with a trained library assistant.

 

Moses

Our Project and Reading Officer in Malawi is Moses Banda

Moses joined School Aid in 2016 and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Leadership, which he studied at the African Christian College in Swaziland in 2011. He has worked as an Administrative Assistant, Teacher, Librarian and Preacher at the Namikango Bible College from 2012 - 2015. Moses holds morning reading clubs and afternoon drop-in sessions for his learners. He has also introduced open session reading clubs during the school holidays attracting over 750 young people. These sessions are hosted wherever the facilities are available, from community libraries, nurseries and schools, and even on the beaches around Lake Malawi.

 

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Mike Makwela, Africa Programme Manager, visits Rumphi, Malawi

School Aid's Africa Programme Manager, Mike Makwela, visited Rumphi between 22nd and 30th September to provide library training, assist in the preparation of the launch of the new library at Bumba Primary School and provide support and mentorship to the Project Reading Officer, Kondwani Kamanga.   He was also able to foster the relationship School Aid has with Life Concern Organisation.

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Students from schools in Malawi benefit from School Aid donations

In September 2017, a container of text, reference and reading books were sent to the Rumphi area of Northern Malawi, arriving in March 2018.  Working with partners, Life Concern and Temwa. a UK based NGO, a total of 33 schools (14 primary schools and 19 secondary schools) received either a whole or half pallet of books.

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Books catalogued in the UK ready for libraries in Malawi

School aid volunteer, Pauline, successfully catalogues the first UK books onto a database for Bumba library in Malawi. Being able to provide shelf ready catalogued books to our libraries in Malawi and Lesotho means that the books can immediately be borrowed from the library and saves our Library Assistant a great deal of time that can be spent instead working to help the learners and educators to support literacy learning. It’s another first for School Aid.
 

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Container bound for Malawi leaves warehouse

Volunteers help load approximately 18 pallets of books onto a container, which left the warehouse on Friday 4th July bound for Mangochi in Malawi.  

We understand that this shipment left the port on Sunday bound for Malawi, where the books will be distributed by our partners, The Book Bus and Help Malawi, to schools and communities. These books included primary, secondary and library books and life skills books, donated by Lions Club International.

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