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Breakfast At School

Monday – Maize porridge with groundnuts Tuesday – Usipa (small fish), and vegetables from the garden Wednesday – Maize porridge with soya Thursday – Plain porridge with fruit and vegetables from the garden Friday – Maize porridge with soya   Our former trustee Lisa has submitted a report on the second year of the Food Programme to our sponsors, the Hilden Charitable Fund. During breaks from lessons, the children help with planting, mulching, watering, harvesting …

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Working hand in hand to create more classrooms for our learners

Our primary school in Malawi has come up against a new challenge within the education system. It has been told it must build four new classrooms in order for its future learners to qualify to enter government secondary school. As with many schools in Malawi, wooden shelters which some of the learners have had to use in the past, can no longer be used. Government secondary schools across Malawi are massively oversubscribed, and passing PSLCE exams no longer guarantees entry. …

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November school news – a new role in ISAMA for Gertrude

Congratulations are in order – as of last week, the school’s director Gertrude Banda is also the secretary for Nkhata Bay District of ISAMA (Independent Schools Association of Malawi). This is testament to how well respected Gertrude is within the education community, and will help her to make links with other independent schools in Malawi. The teachers have been reviewing the detailed results from the PSLCE exams, and have come up with an action plan to …

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Ganet is top of the class!

Our Standard 8 class’s Primary School Leaving Certificate Exam (PSLCE) results are now in. Ganet, the daughter of the school director Gertrude Banda, scored the highest marks out of all of the learners at Ganet’s Adventure School and Mkondezi government primary school, where they took their exams. A total of 12 out of 20 Ganet’s Adventure learners passed. Our congratulations go to all of the children who passed, and the Ganet’s Adventure School Fund trustees …

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Hatching plans for the School Enterprise Competition

The school term may be over but work continues through the holiday. I am sure you remember when the school proudly accepted the Malawi prize for Entrepreneurship in Education  from the charity ‘Teach a Man to Fish’. This was in 2011. The school’s director Gertrude has entered the school in the ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ School Enterprise Challenge. The learners, with support from Gertrude and another teacher, Mr Gondwe, have chosen to raise chickens …

Ganet’s story

Ganet’s adventure This is Ganet. She has recently passed her Primary School Leaving Certificate exams in Malawi and looks forward to starting secondary school. Ganet, as many of you will know, has overcome a tough start to life in order to get where she is now. Her father died when she was very young, and she was brought up by her mother Gertrude. Gertrude founded a school in order to provide an income for her family, …

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There is a Very, Very, Very Big Arrival at Ganet’s Adventure School

As part of the feeding programme sponsored by the Hilden Trust, some food yielding crops are being grown in the school permaculture gardens. As you probably know, rainfall in Malawi is all or nothing – very heavy storms or long dry periods. Not too good for growing. Gertrude Banda, the School Director, asked for a water tank to collect rainwater in the rainy season, to store the rain water for use in the dry season. …

Celebration

look what we have grown The Feeding Programme Has Gained Sponsorship For A Second Year Our team of Gertrude Banda and Lisa Bennett have been working hard to monitor the successes of the first year of the feeding programme. You have already learned about the benefits to the health and learning of the students. Success has also been about overcoming the flooding of the feeding gardens in 2014. The Hilden Trust have reviewed the working …