Context during the period
Malawi is facing many challenges at the present time, from extreme weather events to Covid impacts. The poorest are those who are impacted most. Malawi is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts and in recent decades the frequency of extreme weather-related events, floods, droughts and prolonged periods of high daily temperatures, has noticeably increased. This year, the maize crop was negatively impacted due to the irregular rains and impacts of Cyclone Ana. Cyclone Ana hit at the end of January bringing with it intense rainfall and flooding. About 221,000 people were displaced and infrastructure damaged by severe flooding in the Southern region.
This challenging physical environment and need for investment in natural resource management is the space where children grow up making our work more urgent and your contributions all the more valuable.
Covid continues to impact learning and with just 4.8% of the population fully vaccinated this will not change in the short term. The current academic year has again been compressed (January - September) for the second year running, which presents its own challenges and obstacles to teaching and learning. The next academic year will hopefully return to a more normal one and we’re expecting it to run from late September 2022 to July 2023.
How your support is helping
New demonstration school programme: Our next step towards transforming literacy in Malawi
We’re really excited to be building on the success of our pilot programme, which increased children’s literacy by 433% in just one year. We are now able to provide CharChar trained and supported teachers to a government demonstration primary school in Lilongwe. We’ve secured funding to run our programme in the school for two years, where we’ll be showcasing how to accelerate children’s literacy with our long-term partner Emmanuel University.
Our Senior Education Officer, Andrew Mchisa, has already started training 2 newly qualified teachers in foundational literacy. As the programme progresses Andrew will be mentoring the literacy specialist teachers in the classroom on a daily basis.
Partnership with Emmanuel University
We’ve continued to work closely with Emmanuel University, where the third intake of students has been successfully incorporated. We’re now finalising a numeracy handbook which uses the UK syllabus for lecturers to use with student-teachers, and student-teachers can use with children, while Andrew has started supporting lecturers with face to face CPD.
Strengthening Teacher Education and Practice (STEP) with Florida State University
We are thrilled to be part of a consortium of organisations receiving funding to improve teacher training in Malawi through Florida State University. and other international and local organisations, we’ll be working across 16 teacher training colleges to improve tutors; understanding and delivery of phonics-based literacy skills.
The programme launches next month – get the latest updates by signing up to our mailing list!
Will you help to empower children in Malawi with literacy?
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