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Gertrude thanks classroom supporters on video

As you can imagine this summer has been very busy at Ganet’s Adventure School Malawi – new school buildings, training in new curriculum, gardens to maintain. As a result some of the rewards to be implemented at the school have not yet happened. We will let you know when these rewards are complete. In the meantime, here is a special message from the school’s director Gertrude thanking everyone who supported the project: A long list …

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New Term, New Challenges

The new school year started on the 5th September, and teachers at Ganet’s Adventure School are busy preparing for exciting challenges ahead. The government of Malawi have announced changes to the Standard One curriculum this year, and Ganet’s teachers have been implementing these changes ahead of the new school term. School director Getrude Banda,  along with the Head, Section Head and Standard One Teacher attended two weeks of training on the new curriculum, at St. Maria …

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Foundations completed for a new classroom block

We are pleased to share the first picture of foundations which have been completed ready for the construction of a new block of two classrooms at our school. Parents have been helping by clearing the land and with labour on site, and the building contractors have levelled the land and built foundations over 60cm deep to ensure that the classrooms will last for many years. The school needs to build four classrooms in total to replace temporary …

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Charity Christmas cards which really do make a difference

Ganet’s Adventure School charity Christmas cards   We have created two new designs of our ever-popular Christmas cards, based on drawings by the children of the school in Malawi. They are printed on uncoated, sustainably sourced paper and are not laminated to give a natural feel and to be environmentally friendly. A minimum of £4 per pack of cards sold will go to Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi, supporting the education of the children at the school. …

Thank you! Our UK Christmas store raises £1,000 for our school

The staff and children of Ganet’s Adventure School pass on a big thank you to everyone who supported our 2014 Christmas store, which raised £1,000 after costs for the school in Malawi. The money will go towards vital running costs such as classroom materials, water bills and teacher salaries in order to keep the school running. Our Give As You Live Christmas campaign has also resulted in a large increase in money raised this way. …

Talking fish and illuminated alphabets: an art lesson in Malawi

Trustees Steve McInerny and Stefanie Posavec were joined on their recent visit to the school in Malawi by GASF supporter and artist at large Deirdre Nelson. Deirdre has supported the school before, having set up and created the work for Wordbespoke, our ebay art auction from 2011. We discussed a selection of art projects with the teachers, and worked with them to integrate these with the children’s current subjects of study. Standards three and four …

Illuminating lessons at revision time with Little Suns

The Little Sun solar lights donated to the school in Malawi have been put to great use since they arrived. Trustees Steve and Stefanie saw them in action during their recent trip to Malawi, as the Standard 8 children, who are around 14 years old, used the Little Sun lights in revision classes for their recent final year exams. Between January and April the children in the final year are encouraged to revise and offered …

A Volunteer’s diary, Part 1

Gill Buckley and Lisa Bennett, mother and daughter, got in touch with Ganet’s Adventure School about volunteering after finding the website. They are no strangers to volunteering and Gill is a retired teacher, so when they were looking for somewhere to volunteer in Malawi, Ganet’s school sounded perfect. As well as volunteering their time and using their expertise to introduce new teaching techniques, Gill and Lisa also raised a fantastic amount in donations and secured …

5 easy ways to support Ganet’s Adventure School (and it needn’t cost you a penny!)

Do you want to help our award-winning school in Malawi but are not sure how? We’ve made it as easy as possible: Give As You Live Sign up to this free scheme and every time you shop online with them, thousands of stores will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us, for free! Click here to get started: http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/ganets-adventure-school Donate You can make single or regular donations with Virgin Money Giving. It’s …

Gertrude, an inspirational mum in Malawi

Life as a mother in Malawi can be tough, as British writer Aurora James found out when interviewing Malawian mum and our school’s founder Gertrude Banda. The interview is for an article published on Yahoo! UK for Mother’s Day: http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/gertrude-inspirational-mum-malawi-173700495.html Gertrude is an incredibly hard working widow, mother of four and grandmother of two, who combines caring for her family with running the school which she founded in 2004. She rises at 5am each day, …