YEAH Project

YEAH Project

Different colour, one people

Different colour, one people

SURCOD - Hosting Organisation in Malawi for YEAH EVS

SURCOD – Hosting Organisation in Malawi for YEAH EVS

Meeting with Masona's committee

Meeting with Masona’s committee

Meeting with Masimo's committee

Meeting with Masimo’s committee

Youth Centre

Youth Centre

My first presentation

My first presentation

Painting

Painting

More painting

More painting

Shovelling

Shovelling

Hard working

Hard working

Compost making

Compost making

Burning the waste

Burning the waste

Fencing

Fencing

Youth in the Center

Youth in the Centre

Youth

Youth

Youth & volunteers

Youth & volunteers

YEAH projects

YEAH projects

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons at the Youth Center

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Drama at the YC

Drama at the YC

Drama at the YC

Drama at the YC

Discussion

Discussion

Discussion

Discussion

Cultural exchange - Romanian food

Cultural exchange – Romanian food

Cultural exchange - Italy

Cultural exchange – Italy

Public speaking

Public speaking

French at the YC

French at the YC

French at the YC

French at the YC

French at the YC

French at the YC

French Club

French Club

Watching a documentary

Watching a documentary

Reading the newspaper

Reading the newspaper

Games

Games

Games

Games

Games

Games

Chinese whispers

Chinese whispers

Mind game

Mind game

Youth Centre is integrated into the Youth Club

Youth Centre is integrated into the Youth Club

Youth Club meeting

Youth Club meeting

Rehersals

Rehersals

Chichewa lesson

Chichewa lesson

Chichewa lesson

Chichewa lesson

Chididi Health Centre

Chididi Health Centre

Chididi Health Centre - Under five clinic

Chididi Health Centre – Under five clinic

Scales

Scales

Weighting the children

Weighting the children

Measuring

Measuring

Under five clinic

Under five clinic

Under five clinic

Under five clinic

Village health care

Village health care

Village health care

Village health care

Contraceptive injection

Contraceptive injection

Diagnosing and planning

Diagnosing and planning

Village health care

Village health care

Teaching young mothers to cook porridge

Teaching young mothers to cook porridge

Nutrition speech

Nutrition speech

Nutrition speech

Nutrition speech

Education: mission almost impossible

 

So, I am a volunteer in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world (in top 3 according to some sources) … in Nsanje district … the most undeveloped from Malawi … in Chididi – an isolated rural community in the mountains (or high hills).

Chididi is a group of villages with few primary schools and nurseries and just one secondary school. The education is free just for the primary level (8 years). Each secondary school has its own fees. In general, the better the school, the higher the costs. The best ranked are the private boarding ones, followed by the government boarding schools. What choice do you have if you are not performing very well: community secondary schools (like the one in Chididi). You will be placed in a high school according to the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination results.

At the secondary level you have two examinations: at the end of Form 2 – Junior Certificate and at the end of your final year (Form 4) – MSCE. No more than 10% of the Chididi Secondary School students pass the final examination each year, from which maybe just 1% are girls.

I am teaching English on afternoon classes for just very few of Standard 7 students and at the Secondary School – French for the Form Ones, PE for the Form 2, English Grammar for the Form 3 and Life Skills Education for Form 4. Each day I’m trying to do my best, but I have so many challenges: punctuality, lack of interest and discipline, language barrier. The students don’t know how to learn, to think logically, they don’t study at home, they don’t do their homework … and what to say about their level of English … (which is by the way the official language in Malawi and all the subjects apart of Chichewa should be taught in English).

There are, of course, a lot of reasons and factors to be taken into consideration. Whom should I blame? It is the students’, parents’, teachers’ and government’s fault equally. The students are lazy and they don’t have any models; most of their parents are uneducated and illiterate and they don’t encourage their children too much; lack of qualified personnel is a problem also – who would come to teach in an isolated place with poor conditions and uninterested people? Chididi Secondary School has just two qualified teachers (the others are primary school teachers) and most of the primary schools use local volunteers as teachers or assistant teachers. That is why one teacher could teach many subjects. It is just enough to have your MSCE (Malawi School Certificate of Education). Lack of materials (especially books) is another important issue; poverty – many students can’t afford to pay the school fees or to buy pens and notebooks; the big number of students – it is very difficult to teach a class of 50-100 pupils; poor conditions (broken walls, lack of space, benches etc.); the education system has some gaps too – for example, continuous evaluations could stimulate competition. Even if the students receive tests, the marks are not registered somewhere; just the end of term exams, which are actually not taken into consideration. Just the JCE (Junior Certificate Examination) matter. It allows you to proceed or not into the Form 3. So, of course the students don’t care if I give them a test and 80% fail. Because the marks don’t really matter.

If your family doesn’t give you a proper education and support and you don’t have a starting point/basis from the primary school, how would you expect to perform well in the secondary school or to dream about college or university?

But as always, there are some exceptions (very few in fact) which make me continue my job still with pleasure.

 

Debate class at the Secondary School

Debate class at the Secondary School

Proposers

Proposers

Opposers

Opposers

Debate class

Debate class

Debators

Debators

Debate class

Debate class

Debating

Debating

Debate class

Debate class

Debate class

Debate class

Debate class

Debate class

Lorena & Marco ... supervising

Lorena & Marco … supervising

Compositions

Compositions

Compositions

Compositions

Compositions

Compositions

Experiment assisitance

Experiment assisitance

Form 1

Form 1

French lesson

French lesson

French class

French class

French lesson

French teacher

Numbers

Numbers

Dialogue

Dialogue

Form 4

Form 4

Life Skills Education

Life Skills Education

Test

Test

Marking

Marking

PE

PE

Running

Running

Running

Running

Passing

Passing

Choosing teams

Choosing teams

Football

Football

Football

Football

Shooting

Shooting

Head

Head

Jump!

Jump!

Chest control

Chest control

Karete Kid

Karete Kid

Football in socks

Football in socks

Push-ups

Push-ups

Speed

Speed

Start!

Start!

Jumping

Jumping

'The goat'

‘The goat’

Jump

Jump

P.E. - Running backwards

P.E. – Running backwards

P.E. - Together

P.E. – Together

Youth Dancing

Youth Dancing

Documentary at the Secondary School

Documentary at the Secondary School

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Masona Nursery

Anjera

Anjera

Brandina

Brandina

Chikumbutso

Chikumbutso

Colins

Colins

Dolophy

Dolophy

Estere

Estere

Gift

Gift

Joanna

Joanna

Joswa

Joswa

Katigia

Katigia

Maria

Maria

Mika

Mika

Miriam

Miriam

Mwaiwao

Mwaiwao

Nozipho

Nozipho

Puliska

Puliska

Salome

Salome

Sama

Sama

Santu

Santu

Shakilin

Shakilin

Tabita

Tabita

Terezia

Terezia

Yohane

Yohane

Yulita

Yulita

Tianjane

Tianjane

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Teaching the alphabet

Teaching the alphabet

Teaching numbers

Teaching numbers

Lines

Lines

Story time

Story time

Counting

Counting

Learning the numbers

Learning the numbers

Drawing

Drawing

Drawing

Drawing

Drawings

Drawings

Shapes & colours

Shapes & colours

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing numbers

Writing numbers

Worm-up

Worm-up

Singing

Singing

Dancing

Dancing

Circle

Circle

Choo-choo train

Choo-choo train

Playing time

Playing time

Playing time

Playing time

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

Playing time

Playing time

Playing time

Playing time

Catch Mathias!

Catch Mathias!

Playing time

Playing time

Playing time

Playing time

The rope

The rope

Playing time

Playing time

Peekaboo!

Peekaboo!

Cooking the porridge

Cooking the porridge

Keep the line!

Keep the line!

Washing hands

Washing hands

Waiting the prorridge

Waiting the prorridge

Porridge distribution

Porridge distribution

Porridge time

Porridge time

No need for spoon

No need for spoon

School bags distribution

School bags distribution

Twisted balloons

Twisted balloons

Balloon time!

Balloon time!

Books

Books

Drawing

Drawing

Balloons for Masimo Nursery

Balloons for Masimo Nursery

Tea time at Chididi (Masimo) Nursery

Tea time at Chididi (Masimo) Nursery

Debate class at the Primary School

Debate class at the Primary School

Standard 7 & 8

Standard 7 & 8

English lesson at the Primary School

English lesson at the Primary School

English lesson

English lesson

Checking the homework

Checking the homework

Work at the Primary School

Work at the Primary School

Work at the Primary School

Work at the Primary School

Work at the Primary School

Work at the Primary School

School exchange with France

School exchange with France

School exchange with France

School exchange with France

Peter Kubala

Peter Kubala

Moses Zibophe

Moses Zibophe

Yanhko Stazio

Yanhko Stazio

Yamikani Bwanali

Yamikani Bwanali

Lidia Kubala

Lidia Kubala

John Navaya

John Navaya

Ethel Madi

Ethel Madi

Emmanuel Morishu

Emmanuel Morishu

Emmanuel John

Emmanuel John

Eliza Ngala

Eliza Ngala

Chifundo Chando

Chifundo Chando

Bright Chingoma

Bright Chingoma

Akim Moyenda

Akim Moyenda

Aida Mkumba

Aida Mkumba

Tree planting at the Primary School

Tree planting at the Primary School

Students

Students

... and teachers

… and teachers

Tree planting

Tree planting

Waste management presentation

Waste management presentation

Nsanje cleaning day

Nsanje cleaning day

Sweeping

Sweeping

Team work

Team work

Prisoners

Prisoners

Students

Students

Mathias

Mathias

Bogdan

Bogdan

Local authorities

Local authorities

SURCOD meeting

SURCOD meeting

SURCOD meeting

SURCOD meeting

SURCOD meeting

SURCOD meeting

Visiting the Mchacha tree nursery

Visiting the Mchacha tree nursery

Visiting the Mpangira tree nursery

Visiting the Mpangira tree nursery

Mpangira tree nursery

Mpangira tree nursery

Pads for the local girls

Pads for the local girls

Visiting the Tailor Workshop

Visiting the Tailor Workshop

Pads made by the women from the Tailor Workshop

Pads made by the women from the Tailor Workshop

Encouraging the local talents

Encouraging the local talents

Anthony Suwali

Anthony Suwali

Anthony Suwali

Anthony Suwali

Video shooting

Video shooting

Video shooting

Video shooting

Workshop about compost

Workshop about compost

Workshop about compost

Workshop about compost

Willing participants

Willing participants

Renovating the primary school

Renovating the primary school

After

After

Thanks to FONE (Friends of the Needy Environment)

Thanks to FONE (Friends of the Needy Environment)

Bin for the Health Care

Bin for the Health Care

Bin for the secondary school

Bin for the secondary school

Meeting with District Youth Officer

Meeting with District Youth Officer

Meeting with the parents

Meeting with the parents

Chididi Secondary Scohool teachers

Chididi Secondary Scohool teachers

Visiting Bangula campsite for displaced people affected by the floods

Visiting Bangula campsite for displaced people affected by the floods

Tents

Tents

Campiste

Campiste

Second camp

Second camp

No tents for everybody

No tents for everybody

Toilets

Toilets

Out of service toilets

Out of service toilets

Showers

Showers

Market

Market

Youth Club

Youth Club

Distribution

Distribution

Survey

Survey

Camp Committee

Camp Committee

IOM & SURCOD meeting

IOM & SURCOD meeting

IOM team (International Organisation for Migration)

IOM team (International Organisation for Migration)

Nyachilenda Campsite

Nyachilenda Campsite

Tents

Tents

Market

Market

Digging holes for new tents

Digging holes for new tents

Inside a tent

Inside a tent

Surveying

Surveying

Camp committee

Camp committee

Women committee

Women committee

Visiting the people

Visiting the people

Women of the camp

Women of the camp

Repairing the road in Chididi ...

Repairing the road in Chididi …

... together ...

… together …

... Everybody

… Everybody

Community debate in Nyakamera

Community debate in Nyakamera

Africa Evangelical Church Choir - ready ro release their first album

Africa Evangelical Church Choir – ready to release their first album

Youth training

Youth training

Youth discussion

Youth discussion

Every action starts with a prayer

Every action starts with a prayer

Poetry

Poetry

Drama in Mkhutche village

Drama in Mkhutche village

Large audience

Large audience

Addressing the women

Addressing the women

On stage

On stage

Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 2

Scene 2

Scene 3

Scene 3

Involving the audience

Involving the audience

Teaching the teachers

Teaching the teachers

End of term examination

End of term examination

Water test

Water test

Youth clubs elections

Youth clubs elections

Winners

Winners

Members of all three Youth Clubs of Chididi

Members of all three Youth Clubs of Chididi

Energizer

Energizer

Youth gathering

Youth gathering

Youth & Sport Officers

Youth & Sport Officers

Electrification of the Youth Centre

Electrification of the Youth Centre

EVS midterm evaluation on Skype

EVS midterm evaluation on Skype

EVS midterm evaluation

EVS midterm evaluation

'Marriage promising' community debate

‘Marriage promising’ community debate

SURCOD meeteing

SURCOD meeteing

Wet training

Wet training

Chikaka football training

Chikaka football training

Worming-up

Worming-up

Physical training

Physical training

Fatigue

Fatigue

Netball training

Netball training

Games Club

Games Club

Evening games

Evening games

Caps

‘Caps’

Table-basketball

Table-basketball

Cinema day

Cinema day

Meeting at Chididi CBO, Nyakamera

Meeting at Chididi CBO, Nyakamera

Vocational training skills for youth

Vocational training skills for youth

Artistic moment

Artistic moment

Tailoring workshop

Tailoring workshop

Chididi Standard 7 winners of spelling competition

Chididi Standard 7 winners of spelling competition

English with Standard 7

English with Standard 7

Breaktime (Masona Nursery)

Breaktime (Masona Nursery)

Meeting with the market women

Meeting with the market women

Market comitee elections

Market committee elections

Visiting the elders

Visiting the elders

Post-card competition

Post-card competition

Pastor meets the youth

Pastor meets the youth

New 'uniforms'

New ‘uniforms’

Chididi Youth Club T-shirts

Chididi Youth Club T-shirts

'I am a member of Chididi Youth Club'

‘I am a member of Chididi Youth Club’

Chididi Youth Club

Chididi Youth Club

'Toilet'

‘Toilet’

Silent dance

Silent dance

Measuring

Measuring

Drugs campaign in schools

Drugs campaign in schools

Meeting with SURCOD volunteers

Meeting with SURCOD volunteers

Chididi Form 1 English Spelling Team

Chididi Form 1 English Spelling Team

Chididi Standard 6 English Spelling Team

Chididi Standard 6 English Spelling Team

Kaluwa Standard 7 English Spelling Team

Kaluwa Standard 7 English Spelling Team

Kaluwa Standard 6 English Spelling Team

Kaluwa Standard 6 English Spelling Team

Masumayera Standard 6 English Spelling Team

Masumayera Standard 6 English Spelling Team

English spelling final for Standard 7

English spelling final for Standard 7

Chididi Standard 6 English Spelling Final

Chididi Standard 6 English Spelling Final

Cleaning day

Cleaning day

4 in a line

4 in a line

Monopoly

Monopoly

Running competition participants

Running competition participants

Treasure hunters

Treasure hunters

Youth ready for HIV campaign

Youth ready for HIV campaign

SURCOD meeting with students & volunteers

SURCOD meeting with interns & volunteers

GLEN volunteers welcomed by a women saving group

GLEN volunteers welcomed by a women saving group

Village Savings and Loan group

Village Savings and Loan group

Sacks race

Sacks race

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

Egg in spoon

Egg in spoon

Grapefruit dance

Grapefruit dance

Fill the bottles

Fill the bottles

Fish the grapefruit

Fish the grapefruit

Guide the blind

Guide the blind

Arm wrestling

Arm wrestling

The rope

The rope

SURCOD meeting

SURCOD meeting

Cikaka Youth FC

Cikaka Youth FC

Training

Training

Penalty

Penalty

Football 'camp'

Football ‘camp’

Lunch together

Lunch together

Airball

Airball

Air tackle

Air tackle

Goal!!!

Goal!!!

Joy

Joy

Break time

Break time

First victory

First victory

SURCOD meets Chididi Youth

SURCOD meets Chididi Youth

First meeting in the new Youth Centre

First meeting in the new Youth Centre

Prize-giving for outstanding results

Prize-giving for outstanding results