In this newsletter we share an energetic and exciting day that we recently had at Chankhasi School when David Mclean visited us and offered a PE lesson. Not only was this David's first time in Malawi, it was also his first day. We enjoyed his account (below) of the lively and entertaining day at Chankhasi School!
"This September I went to Malawi for the first time. In fact it was my first time ever to Africa. I experienced a lot of amazing, memorable and eye opening things in those two weeks but one day in particular will stick in my mind: the day I gave a PE lesson to the students at Chankhasi School. My girlfriend Tilele, who has been involved with the school for a long time, contacted the school to arrange our visit.
We liked our idea but didn't have a clue what to do for a PE lesson. Neither of us are teachers and Chankhasi School doesn't exactly have the same sports facilities as a typical British one. The only thing we could really bring to the table was our energy and enthusiasm. So we asked my friend Dave Millward for suggestions; he's a PE teacher at a school at home in Cambridge and he came up trumps. We also took advice from Becky White as she had recently volunteered as a teacher at Chankhasi School (her report is in the February 2018 newsletter).
We split the class into small teams and the first thing we did was ask each team to think of a team name. This gave the students team spirit to motivate each other.
The lesson consisted of a series of relay races, each a bit more difficult than the last. We gave a quick demonstration of each relay race and emphasised that the whole team had to sit down once the whole team had completed their shuttles (this made it easier for us to know what was happening amidst all the excitement).
The first relay was easy: just run to the end, run back again and tag the next team mate who does the same. In the next relay the students had to change direction several times. Then we introduced some tennis balls and throwing games into the equation. Once we had done four different relays, we combined all the relays we had done so far, back-to-back as a mini endurance event. This turned the whole thing into an energetic memory test. The students had to work out amongst themselves what to do and in what order. We purposefully asked them to give each other little reminders of what they had done to help them remember the sequence of relays. Naturally chaos ensued and it was a lot of fun!
The students were very fit and motivated which was a pleasure to see. In Malawi the boys mostly play football and the girls play netball. The girls were particularly good at throwing and catching.
It would be great to go back one day to give another lesson and tap into the Chankhasi students' team spirit".