Making a song and dance about International Womens Day

International Women's Day event at Ganet's Adventure School, Malawi

8 March 2014 was a cause for celebration at Ganet’s Adventure School for two reasons: to commemorate International Women’s Day and the official opening of the new teacher’s house.

Showing solidarity with women around the world, the school’s director Gertrude Banda, the village chief, parents and children of the school held speeches, a netball match plus singing, dancing and a special meal.

The school team played a mother’s team at netball, with the mothers winning 20-18 in a tight match. Gertrude, a handy player herself, was umpire, while star player for the girls was Brenda Kamanga.

After lunch the traditional dancing began, with the children dancing the Chirimika, the women danced the Ndolo, the girls danced the Chiwonda and the men and women danced the Sanda. Singing and dancing is a vital ingredient of social events in Malawi, visitors and volunteers are always welcomed in this way and encouraged to join in!

The teacher’s house provides accommodation for Gertrude close to the school at last, for over a year she and her daughter Ganet had been sleeping in the school’s office due to the dilapidated house they had been renting becoming uninhabitable. Standard 8 girl students will now be able to stay at the school from February to June every year while revising for their Primary School Leaving Certificate exams (PSLCEs).

Gertrude worked with volunteers from Ganet’s Adventure School Fund to publicise the event, which was featured in elleafrique.com.  Our thanks go to the Toy Trust for funding construction of the teacher’s house, also our UK volunteers Capucine Boncenne and Eirini Kotsona for working on the publicity of the event.

The school doesn’t receive any government funding, and relies on donations from supporters around the world. Donations to the school can be made quickly and securely via our Virgin Money Giving page.

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