About Inspire Malawi
What we do...
Inspire Malawi supports teachers and schools in the most isolated of villages in both Dedza and Ntcheu District. Overcrowding is a problem across the country in rural schools with class sizes often exceeding 100 pupils. With little, if any, money available for maintenance, these schools can quickly fall into severe states of disrepair.
Not all schools in this area even have a school building, leaving teachers to deliver classes under thatched structures or even out in the open air with a chalk board! Teaching and learning resources in all schools are in short supply leading to very didactic teaching and a potentially uninspiring learning environment.
Within Lizulu Zone Inspire Malawi will earmark a School for development.
Criteria for selection are as follows;
- Current facilities and condition of facilities
- New/additional facilities required
- Co-operation of the Headteacher and staff
- Support from the community
- Funds required for development
- Time scale
- Local builders and craftsman provide a quotation for work needed
- River sand is collected
- Bricks are moulded
- A schedule is prepared- timings, costings etc
Since 2005 we have achieved the following successes;
- Repaired and redecorated classrooms at four Primary Schools and one Secondary School, complete with new desks and teaching resources
- A new Science Laboratory at Lizulu Community Day Secondary School (CDSS)
- A new staffroom at Kaonda Primary School
- A new Pre-School, Msana Wan’gombe, in Chipigera Village
- Fifty new beds for the dormitory at Lizulu CDSS
As a non-profit organisation we are committed to raising the necessary funds for each individual project through fundraising activities, sponsorship and donations.
All work undertaken in Malawi has the full support of the community, Village Elders and the Village Headman. At Inspire Malawi we strive to work with the community in developing, and then maintaining their schools. The community shows support for our work by moulding bricks, collecting river sand and water needed for the reconstructive work.
In April 2009, working with the University of Bedfordshire, we ran a pilot four day continuing professional development (CPD) course in PE for teachers in Lizulu Zone.
The project aims were to:
• Demonstrate good practice in teaching and learning
• Facilitate the delivery of more diverse activities in the curriculum
• Develop the range teaching and learning strategies used by teachers
• Illustrate the importance of health, hygiene and diet to the teachers and the benefits of physical activity.
Over 100 teachers attended the course. Some of the comments below will begin to demonstrate the project’s success:
"My participation in all the [CPD] activities will help me to teach the learners effectively with confidence” (Malawian teacher)
“Our school won’t be the same again” (Malawian teacher)
"Hopefully these courses will continue for the benefit of us teachers and in the end our learners” (Malawian teacher)
A full report of the project can be found at http://www.beds.ac.uk/news/2009/jun/090619-malawi
We also hope to enhance, encourage and promote Physical Education in Malawi so started the Inspire Malawi Cup earlier this year. The Cup is for both football and netball and involves all Primary Schools in Lizulu Zone, Ntcheu District. There are monetary prizes for the top 4 finishers with a trophy and medals for the winning team.