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Caithness Teachers Volunteer For Malawi

3 June 07
Update From Maureen Miller
I now have the details of the school I have been appointed to. It is called Namingkango School in the Magomero Zone of Dedza District in Malawi. This school is in a very remote part of the country in the west of the Dedza District. The head teacher of the school has been in post for three years and has a school roll of 654 pupils in standards 1-8. There are five qualified teachers. Three teachers have got a certificate for having completed four years of secondary education and two teachers who have completed two years of secondary education.  There are also two volunteer teachers.

Though education is now free in Malawi it is not compulsory and as a result there is a high drop out rate particularly in rural areas.

In Namingkanga School though there are 266 pupils on the roll in standard one there are only eighteen in standard 8.  There are four permanent classrooms and four temporary classrooms.  There is no staff room or head teacher’s office.

The school serves nineteen villages where the houses are made of mud and thatch or brick with metal roofs. The local community supports the school by moulding bricks for constructing toilets, school blocks and teachers’ houses. They also employ a volunteer teacher.

Water at the school is provided by one borehole which the local community share with the school.

21 May 07
Two Highland teachers embark on experience of a life time in Malawi

Maureen Miller, headteacher at Keiss and Cansibay Primary schools and Roger Bamfield an advisory teacher with Highland Council’s Autism Outreach Education Service, will be leaving Edinburgh on Friday 29 June, giving up their summer holiday to help improve education in the African country of Malawi.

They are the only teachers from the north of Scotland, going with sixteen other teachers from central Scotland as part of the Global Teachers Programme (GTP), run by international agency Link Community Development. The programme provides Scottish teachers and headteachers with a challenging, rewarding and motivating professional and personal development experience.

Maureen and Roger will live and work in two different village communities, where there isn’t any running water or electricity. They are going to work with staff at their village schools helping to develop leadership, management and teaching practice in the school. They will also be learning a lot themselves as they will be living in the local community and stretching their own professional skills.

The programme lasts 15 months and the highlight will be their five week placement in LCD’s school improvement project in Malawi. The GTP and the Scotland-Malawi School Improvement Project is supported by the Scottish Executive Education Department.

They said: “Last year we had an opportunity to spend a short time in Malawian schools. We usually spend the summer holiday taking things easy but when we were offered the opportunity to take part in LCD’s brilliant Global Teachers Programme living in and working with a Malawian community for several weeks, we had to take it up. It is a chance to give and also learn so much, both in Malawi and on our return to Scotland.”

They are currently looking to raise £2,000 each towards the cost of this placement in Malawi. They hope to help Scottish and Malawian children form links so they can learn about each others’ lives. Global citizenship is one of the current key developments in Scottish education. Maureen hopes both Keiss and Canisbay schools will develop formal links with schools in Malawi through the LCD’s Link Schools Programme which offers ongoing support to the partner schools. Following the placement Roger plans to work in Highland to help raise awareness amongst children, including those with autism, of global development issues in Malawi.

LCD is a charity which works to improve the quality of education in Africa and raise awareness of development issues in Scotland. LCD believes education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and their education development projects in Africa are run in partnership with the local departments of education.

If you would like to support Maureen or Roger through Link Community Development in Scotland this can be done through www.justgiving.com/caithnessglobalteacher  or www.justgiving.com/highlandglobalteacher  on the internet or contacting them directly. For more information about Link Community Development visit www.lcd.org.uk .

Leaving From Edinburgh To Go To Malawi 29 June 2007
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Maureen Miller and Roger Bamfield

Malawi is located in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the west and Mozambique engulfs Malawi to the southwest and southeast. A landlocked country, it lies between the following coordinates 13 30’ S, 34 00’ E. It is landlocked. Malawi has a total area of 118,485 Km² of which 94,085 Km² is land area, inland water covers 24,400 Km². The inland water is dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest Lake in Africa after Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. Lake Malawi is 540Km long and between 20Km and 90Km wide. The overall length of Malawi is 860Km from the southern tip in Nsanje to the northern tip in Chitipa. The width ranges from 90 to 200Km.
Taken From A Case Study

Republic of Malawi (formerly Nyasaland)
CAPITAL - Lilongwe

INDEPENDENCE - 6 July 1964
TIME - GMT +2 hours
POPULATION - 13,600,000
AREA - 118,480 km2 (94,080 km2 land; 24,400 km2 water)
CURRENCY - Malawi Kwatcha (MK)  Malawi Exchange Rate
GOVERNMENT - Multiparty Democracy
PRESIDENT  - Bakili Muluzi (since 21 May 1994)

Malawi Links
Malawi at Wikipedia

CIA World Fact Book - Malawi
Malawi Map At Local Live
Malawi Hybrid Map
Pictures Of Dedza, Malawi
Pictures of Lake Malawi
Malaria In Malawi
Ganyu casual labour, famine and HIV/AIDS in rural Malawi: causality and casualty