In conjunction with the District Education Department and the local headteachers, the needs are assessed and support is provided where most required. Read more >
The Project’s Future
Continue to support six primary schools.
Build more classroom blocks and basic classroom blocks.
Build some teachers’ houses.
Build school toilets and female only toilets to ensure girls don’t miss school.
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What It Costs By donating to this project, you will provide support to help the primary schools. The needs of the primary schools differ across the year however a donation of £50 ($70) pays for one new desk.
If you’d like to support a larger building project, as an individual or corporate, please get in touch.
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 five 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 five 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 47 government teachers for 3805 students – a student teacher ratio of 81:1 without our trainee teachers and 73:1 with them. So we do make a difference. It used to be 105:1 but the government has supplied more teachers as well so things are getting better.
At Kachere Primary School, which is the largest school, there are 11 government teachers for over 1,000 students, which makes a student to teacher ratio of 91:1!
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.
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 five 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. At Matete and Mazembe Primary Schools we have built both of them a new double classroom block, maintained other classrooms and built a teacher’s office.
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 and toilet blocks for the six primary schools.
We are hoping to build a teacher’s houses at the six primary schools.
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