The Malawi Initiative aims to support development aims to help support development in a number of ways:
The initiative supports medical improvements through the provision of equipment, such as surgical beds, glasses and mosquito nets.
The initiative also aims to help improve female empowerment by providing computer and sewing equipment to improve marketable skills.
The main aim is to help foster educational improvements by providing teaching resources, beds desks, power provision, satellite internet connection and through the building of classrooms at various schools.
The Malawi Initiative is based around an exchange between Aylesbury Grammar School and Malosa Secondary School in the Zomba area of Malawi. AGS has maintained links with Malawi for over 25 years, and has run an exchange since 2007, with 6 programmes completed so far. Part of the fundraising completes the second half of the programme, which involves paying for a number of Malosa students and two teachers to learn about UK culture, and education, which helps facilitate cultural links and educational development. The fundraising money is used to solely to bring students from Malosa to UK (about 20% of the fundraising total) and the remainder on development projects.
Malawi is a landlocked country in south-eastern Africa. It has commonwealth ties with the UK and has been independent since 1964. It is a stable democracy with relatively low levels of corruption, considered a safe and peaceful country and regarded as the "Warm heart of Africa". It is unfortunately not lucky in its availability of natural resources, which has contributed to Malawi being the 3rd poorest country in the world.
Like many, less developed countries one of the key factors leading to development is education. Unfortunately, several issues make education improvements difficult:
More than 10% of all children are orphans.
Almost half the population aged 15 or less.
More than a third of adults cannot are illiterate.
Less than 1% of adults have studied at university.
A population of 16 million, which will double in the next 16 years.
Malawi's annual education budget is less than the UK spends on perfume in a month.
Therefore, the Malawi Initiative aims to do what it can to assist development in Malawi through education.
To help assist the shortage of qualified teachers the Malawi Initiative is aiming to build a new teacher training centre at Mchengawedi.
We plan to build an Adult Education / Nursery School at Yasani village.
We plan to build pre-schools at Kizembe and Chitenjere villages.
Having developed good links with the Mchengawedi Educational Department and other schools in the Zomba area of Malawi, we have requests for the building well over 100 school buildings! We aim to prioritise buildings to be built by assessing the classroom to student ratios, which can be as much as 174 students to a classroom. There is also the need for toilets, staff accommodation, offices, storerooms, libraries, IT rooms and other teaching subject areas.
The Mchengawedi district also has no provision for a secondary school. This would be a project the Malawi Initiative aspires to complete.
The initiative, aims to continue the provision of teaching resources, beds, desks and other teaching infrastructure at a number of schools. We also aim to help the provision of medical resources at local hospitals and resourcing women’s skills courses in the Zomba area.
Our students take up to 2 tonnes of resources over to Malawi on each visit. We are currently collecting resources for our next exchange. If you or anybody you know has any of the following items, then please bring them into Aylesbury Grammar School as soon as possible:
Laptops, projectors, school textbooks, computer screens, sewing machines (Electric), pre-school learning toys, Pre-school sports and games equipment, primary teaching resources, pencils, pens, mini-whiteboards, board markers, primary and secondary school sports equipment.
Also the following medical equipment: Oxygen concentrator, portable ICU cardiac monitor, surgical theatre equipment, surgical masks, surgical clothes, ibuprofen, paracetamol, other painkillers, pulse oximeter, dental compressor, dental forceps, dental scaler, dental hand pieces.
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