Nursery class loses its home

The school’s nursery, which cares for and feeds 35 energetic two to four year olds five days a week, has lost its premises. The local church, which had kindly hosted the nursery until now, is rebuilding, and so the children now do not have a suitable place to learn. The nursery is crucial to the children and the community because it enables parents to go out and work.It enables children to start to learn and get …

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A Standard 7 Learner at Ganet’s Adventure School

The school is proud to support the learning of children such as a 12 year old orphan boy.   Gertrude Banda, Director of the school, tells his story.   ‘He is in Standard seven, so he has one more year at the school. He started schooling here when he was in Standard 4. He always comes to school bare footed and sometimes his uniform is dirty. He always comes from home without taking breakfast. If he …

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Learners See Snakes and Lizards on Their Trip to Old Bandawe

A trip was promised for a group of learners to visit Bandawe, a historical site on the lake shore, south of Nkhata Bay. The pin on the map, marks Nkhata Bay. http://www.ganetsadventureschool.org/end-of-term-school-trip-to-old-bandawe/ Here is a report by Mr. Vincent Matengeni, on the visit. ‘On 19th December around 7 o’clock am we set off for old Bandawe. We were 26 people, that is 3 teachers and 23 learners. Around 9 o’clock we stopped at Macaripine School …

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Benefits of Our Feeding Programme 2014-16

Here are some of the longer term benefits of the Feeding Programme, begun in February 2014, supported by the Hilden Charitable Fund Increased effectiveness of the learning of the children Proven success in running a Feeding Programme Establishment and development of the growing gardens Collecting seeds for planting in the next growing season System for the collection of rain water to be used in the dry season Development of a nutritious and locally deliverable food programme …

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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, …