Secondary School Education

BRIEF SUMMARY

Key Benefits of Kapanda Secondary School

What We Have Achieved

How We Work

The Project’s Future

What It Costs
By donating to this project, you will be helping to support and develop Kapanda Community Day Secondary School.


FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT
Why Is It So Important?
Access to quality secondary school education is a critical factor to the development of Malawi, and to Africa in general. However, secondary school enrolment rate for girls is 28.8% and for boys it is 29.7%. This is partly due to expensive school fees, but is equally an issue of local access. There are fewer secondary schools than primary schools meaning that in rural areas, distances that students have to travel to reach school are greater. Before RIPPLE Africa built Kapanda Community Day Secondary School, students in the local area had to walk 13km each way to attend the nearest secondary school and were in desperate need of a local secondary school of their own. Children are selected for secondary school based on their primary school exam results, meaning that for those who didn’t perform well, there is no opportunity to attend secondary school.

  • RIPPLE Africa started building Kapanda Secondary School in 2007 and building at the school still continues
    RIPPLE Africa started building Kapanda Secondary School in 2007 and building at the school still continues
  • There are now four classrooms, teachers' offices, toilets, and several teachers' houses
    There are now four classrooms, teachers’ offices, toilets, and several teachers’ houses

RIPPLE Africa began to raise money for Kapanda in 2007 and, by March 2008, the school had opened its doors. Kapanda Secondary School has all four classes from Form 1 to Form 4, and there are 10 full-time government employed teachers at the school. The school was formally taken over by the government in 2013 in a ceremony attended by the District Education Manager and other dignitaries from the District Council and members of the local communities. RIPPLE Africa continues to support Kapanda by providing resources as needed, and our overseas volunteers provide valuable assistance to teachers and students in the classroom. Over 200 students attend the school and the school also offers education for a further 240 pupils through the Open School, an option for people who were unable to attend secondary school through normal routes which offers classes in the afternoon when the day school finishes.

What We Have Achieved

Building Kapanda Secondary School has been a significant venture and is RIPPLE Africa’s most important educational achievement to date. RIPPLE Africa has just provided mains electricity to the school and has constructed:

  • Some experimental gardens have been developed to educate the students and members of the local communities
    Some experimental gardens have been developed to educate the students and members of the local communities
  • Form 4 Graduation Ceremony, June 2011
    Form 4 Graduation Ceremony, June 2011
  • Volunteers are regularly involved with teaching at Kapanda Secondary School
    Volunteers are regularly involved with teaching at Kapanda Secondary School

How We Work

RIPPLE Africa have built up an excellent relationship with the District Education Manager and the Headteacher at Kapanda Secondary School to ensure that we work in partnership with them to respond to local need and provide simple solutions to the problems that they identify.

  • A three-bedroomed teacher's house costs £13,000
    A three-bedroomed teacher’s house costs £13,000
  • The Girls' Dormitory
    The Girls’ Dormitory
  • RIPPLE Africa has provided many textbooks but more will be needed for future students
    RIPPLE Africa has provided many textbooks but more will be needed for future students

The Project’s Future

Links to Documents

Videos

New Physics Laboratory at Kapanda (2:30)

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