What It Costs By donating to this project, you will provide support to help the primary schools. It costs RIPPLE Africa an ongoing monthly sum to support these six primary schools. Other projects are one-off capital costs, such as building a new classroom block, or providing new desks.
£8 ($12) pays for one textbook
£25 ($38) pays for one new desk
£6,300 ($9,400) pays to build a new basic double classroom block
£21,400 ($32,100) pays for materials and building costs for a brand new full double classroom block
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT Why Is It So Important?
RIPPLE Africa is supporting six local primary schools, has built several classroom blocks, and pays the salaries of 15 trainee teachers. Most of our work is to reduce class sizes – which can be over 100 pupils in each class – and provide a better learning environment for the children. Our overall aim is to increase the number of children who achieve good results in their exams and proceed to secondary school.
RIPPLE Africa is supporting six local primary schools, has built several classroom blocks, and pays the salaries of 15 trainee teachers
RIPPLE Africa supports primary education in Malawi by helping six primary schools in the villages of Mwaya, Matete, Mazembe, Kachere, Kazando and Chiomba.
The issues we are tackling are:
Underfunding of primary schools by the government, resulting in a lack of resources including teachers, books, desks, and classroom blocks.
Lack of teachers and suitable buildings which leads to very large class sizes. Between the six primary schools which RIPPLE Africa helps, there are 49 government teachers for 3611 students – a student teacher ratio of 74:1 without our trainee teachers and 56:1 with them. So we do make a big difference! It used to be 105:1 but the government has supplied more teachers as well so things are getting better.
At Mwaya Primary School, which is the largest school, there are just seven government teachers for over 900 students, which makes a student to teacher ratio of 131:1!
Students who don’t learn in permanent classroom blocks either study in temporary structures or are taught outside, which can make teaching in the rainy season impossible.
Most Malawians will never receive any education beyond primary school, so it’s essential to thousands of people that primary school education is as good as it possibly can be.
RIPPLE Africa is responding by:
Providing vital resources to improve the general learning conditions for these children.
Paying for trainee teachers — RIPPLE Africa supplements government teachers by providing additional trainee teachers to reduce classroom sizes.
Actively encouraging its trainee teachers to apply for proper government teacher training so that more trained teachers can be employed at the primary schools. This also means that the government will pay their salaries, and RIPPLE Africa can then employ other trainee teachers — and so the process continues.
Carrying out important building work for these primary schools to improve facilities, in particular providing new classroom blocks.
Providing volunteer classroom assistants to help the teachers.
RIPPLE Africa is encouraging primary school pupils to plant trees
At Makwalakwata Primary School, the pupils have planted over 2,000 trees
The trees at Makwalakwata Primary School are growing quickly, providing shade and a sustainable source of firewood and poles
What We Have Achieved
RIPPLE Africa is paying for 15 additional Malawian trainee teachers, together with our overseas volunteers who provide valuable help in the classroom as volunteer teaching assistants and offer training to the existing teaching staff.
RIPPLE Africa has built two double classroom blocks at Mwaya Primary School which provide four additional classrooms, as well as a teachers’ office and new toilets. We have also built a double classroom block at Chiomba Primary School. We are building a new double classroom block at Matete Primary School and carrying out vital building repairs to other classrooms.
Through RIPPLE Africa’s partnership with our American not-for-profit partners RIPPLE Africa, Inc., the charity has also helped build two double classroom blocks at Mazembe Primary School, and has renovated and painted existing classrooms at three schools.
How We Work
RIPPLE Africa has built up an excellent relationship with the District Education Officer and with the headteachers of all the local primary schools. We work in partnership with them to respond to local needs and provide simple solutions to the problems that they identify.
The Project’s Future
RIPPLE Africa will continue to provide resources and pay teachers’ salaries.
We hope to build more classroom blocks for the six primary schools in Malawi.
We are hoping to build a teacher’s house at Mazembe Primary School.
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