Republic of Malawi [formerly British Nyasaland] is a democratic, densely populated country of over fifteen million people located in southeastern Africa. It borders Zambia to the north-west, Tanzania to the north, and Mozambique surrounding it on the east, south, and west. Malawi is 530 miles long and at its widest point 6: miles wide. Lake Malawi accounts for twenty per cent of the country’s territory and is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.
World Bank statistics show that Malawi is now the poorest country in the world. It suffers from limited natural resources, environmental degradation and from the :devastating affects of the AIDS epidemic which has already. caused over 650,000 deaths and has left 1 million orphans. AIDS is the leading cause of death amongst adults in Malawi, and is a leading factor in the country’s low life expectancy which is still only 50 years according to latest figures . Over 45% of the population is aged 14 years or younger
On the positive side Malawi has a functioning democracy, a tradition of peace and Is known internationally as “The Warm Heart Of Africa."
Nansambo Full Primary School Background Information
Most children start formal education at primary school between five and six years of age but many are older than this. Full Primary school education takes a minimum of 8 years to complete. Many pupils are sixteen years of age on completion of this stage of their education when they sit the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations. Students have to pass this examination and get selected if they are to attend secondary school education in a government secondary school.
The introduction of compulsory Free Primary Education in Malawi has seen a large increase in the number of pupils going to primary school but this increase in access has also brought major infrastructure problems and a big decline in quality This decline has been brought about by a variety of factors: Class sizes have increased, there is a national shortage of qualified teachers and insufficient government resource funding is available for even basic education provision for all pupils.
The Nansambo Primary School is a church founded school now funded by the Malawi Government. However since the introduction of free primary education the number of children attending school In Southern Malawi has risen nearly 40 percent
Current Situation at Nansambo F School
in May 2016, approximate, 1280 children between the ages of 6 and 17 were registered on the primary school roll at Nansambo but the six year old accounted for the largest of the eight year groups and totalled over 200 children. Approximately one quarter of the pup s were orphans orphan with aids and malaria being the main causes The school has a staff of sever teachers and this includes the the Headmaster who has a full time teaching commitment. There is a bare minimum of educational provision except for the oldest pupils who do have provision of paper and text books however these have to be shared between pupils.
In 2007 there were nine classrooms all in an extremely poor condition. Holes in the walls no fitted windows or doors, no electricity, no exercise books no pencils No desks or chairs chair not even for the teachers The children sat on the floor which is part concrete and part earth to be taught and learn parrot fashion fashions by repetition. The chronic lack of basic school materials in Nansambo, and in Malawi as a whole, is a serious factor in preventing the children from learning effectively. The biggest challenges facing the school are the pressures on inadequate classroom facilities, insufficient teachers and inadequate supply of instructional materials.
Improvements At Nansambo 2007-16
John and Jane Tobin, who both live in St Albans, were born in Malawi and in May 2007 they visited the land of the Nansambo School
following their visit John and Jane decided they wished “a do something to support the school and the Nansambo School Fund was set up This is an informal . - the aim of which is to improve conditions and the educational opportunities available to the pupils who attend the Nansambo Primary School.
Since it was set up in the Autumn of 2007, the Fund has tried to meet some of the shortfall in government provision so--1 of basic educational items. In addition to this, each Ťa' a variety of sports equipment has been provided: ‘or the children. Three full-time teaching assistants are being funded to help at the school, a new borehole has been drilled providing fresh water to the school and community By May 2011 five of the classrooms had been completely renovated. Twelve new toilets and a secure storeroom were constructed in 2010 In October 2010 a Sponsorship Scheme was produced to encourage and make it possible for children to continue in education beyond Primary School - by September ..15 pupils were beingg sponsored by the Fund In May 2014 a School Library building project was completed, making Nansambo. the only Primary School in the area to have its own Library.-AII of these buildings and the bore hole are maintained by the Fund but there is still so much more that can be done.
If you would like to know more about the Nansambo School Fund, or would like to offer your support, please contact with John, Jane or Sue Tobrn.
Contact details are:-
Telephone number - 01727 831439