St Peter's Malawi Educational Trust
We are proud and excited to be partnering with St Peter's High School and the Malawi Educational Trust to enrich the educational experience of our children by learning about children's lives in other parts of the world. In addition, as part of our Christian Distinctiveness, we will fundraise to support the charity in delivering their objectives during their Easter 2018 visit and will pray for the work of the trustees, project participants and the community of Chimbya, Malawi, one of the poorest parts of the world.
Easter 2018 Project Plan. During Easter 2018 St Peter's Malawi Education Trust will be undertaking a massive project to transform Chalizya Primary School, in central Malawi into a safe learning environment for its 900 pupils, whilst at the same time tackling the shortage of staff accommodation, the lack of access to clean drinking water in the school and the problem of pupils catching malaria.
What are we going to do? .....7 classrooms in 7 days!!
Chalizya School is in desperate need of improved facilities. At present 900 pupils are sharing just 6 classrooms, two of which are in a desperate state of repair and are dangerous to use, because the roof timbers have been eaten away by termites. The other four classrooms were re-built by the Trust, with local support, in 2011.
Our plan is to demolish the two dangerous classrooms to make way for the new build. We then plan to construct seven new classrooms linked to the four classrooms built in 2011, making the school into a U shaped school around a central court yard area. The school will then consist of 11 large classrooms, with class sizes reduced from an average of 150 per room, to around 80.
Here is a video link to the architect plans
What does the Headteacher say?
"Before you built the new classrooms in 2011 many children were learning under trees and this affected their grades severely. The new classroom blocks will give these children the chance to make the most of God's gifts" Edward Mtanga, Headteacher Teacher accommodation An additional classroom size building will be constructed linked to the classrooms and divided into two separate spaces to provide two teachers with accommodation.
Teacher accommodation is vital as the school has a shortage of teachers and struggles to retain good teachers due to the lack of accommodation for them at the school.
The village of Chalizya and the surrounding villages have no access to mains electricity. We plan to install solar panels on two classrooms to provide free power, lights and phone charging points, which the whole community will be able to utilise. Pupils will be able to study out of school hours and the rooms will also be available to use as community “HUB” during the evenings.
Malaria kills one child every second with 90% of cases occurring in sub-saharan Africa. Building on a project which we undertook in 2012, when we provided 250 mosquito nets to the most vulnerable families in this community, we plan to distribute 400 mosquito nets to try and ensure that every pupil is able to sleep safely under a net. Training and education will also be provided to ensure that people understand how and why they are important.
A New Borehole
A local specialist company will be employed to install a new borehole near to the primary school. Access to clean safe water is fundamental for human survival and at the moment this is a daily battle for the community around Chalizya, with an estimated 3000 people currently sharing one borehole.
With only one source of safe water it leaves the entire community at high risk of disease and illness and should the water pump fail it would leave the entire population with no access to clean water.
Sanitary Wear for Girls
The girls in Malawi are unable to access a full education because of a lack of sanitary wear. Over the past 2 years we have sewn over 200 sets of reusable kits.(100 more to go out this July) and have set up a sewing group in the village with sewing machines and materials for them to sew their own kits.
How is it going to happen?
A large fund raising effort is going to be needed. Our cost plan shows that we are going to need to raise £35000.
A team of volunteer skilled tradesmen will need to be recruited to undertake the build. The skilled tradesmen will have the opportunity to work alongside local volunteers to deliver the project.
We will need to form a fund raising group of willing volunteers in the UK to oversee the fund raining effort and to coordinate all our efforts.
In July 2017 a small team visited Malawi to establish links with The British High commission, the Malawi Ministry of Education and the Local MP. This trip also organised work that can be completed prior to our arrival in 2018 such as organising the locals to make bricks, demolish existing class rooms, undertake surveys for the borehole and to visit local suppliers of materials to see if we can gain any sponsorship of materials.
In addition, we established a local committee to take ownership of the 2018 project and to act as management group for all our ongoing work, developing education in the district.