The facts

The facts

Primary school education is recognised in Malawi as a fundamental part of both the community and the development of the nation. Primary education is free in Malawi. However, a young learner in Malawi is faced with huge challenges which include poor accessibility to schools and lack of resources in schools. The student to teacher ratios which are as high as 74:1 (UNESCO, 2012) create demands on the teachers and the school resources. Due to family situations, sickness, early marriage and pregnancy, the rates of learners dropping out of primary school are high and according to UNESCO only 49% of the learners that enrolled into primary school in 2011 survived the eight year long education pathway.

The dedicated teachers who make it possible for the learners at Chankhasi School to have an education. From left to the right: Edward Ntchita, Benjamin Jutta, Medrine Malani, George Malukula, Andrew Banda, Matamando Frank and Bright Malenga.

Progress to date

  • The school has seven buildings which consist of seven classrooms; a library; a staff room; a storeroom; separate toilets for boys, girls and staff; and the original church building.
  • As of June 2016 there were seven teachers and 377 learners at the school.
  • The school has a plot of land which is used as a gardening patch for rice, bananas and vegetables.
  • Between 2008 and 2016 each learner that attended the school painted a ceramic tile at Nkhotakota Pottery. This was fixed to the outside of the classrooms as a record of the learners that had their first education at Chankhasi School.

The Finances: where do they come from?

  • The school committee charges 2000 Malawi Kwacha (approximately £2 or $2.80) per learner per term and this money is used for teachers' salaries and resources, such as exercise books and chalk.
  • The sponsor a roof truss campaign is the biggest source of funding. This campaign focuses on building the classrooms.
  • Groups from overseas make donations and visit the school to help with building.
  • Well-wishers volunteer at the school. Those with teaching experience are encouraged to support, give advice and assist the teachers.
  • Visitors to Nkhotakota Pottery visit the school and make donations.
  • Nkhotakota Pottery continues to facilitate the donations of well wishers to the school.
  • Over the years the school has received many donations from different supporters.
  • There are a few sponsors that make monthly contributions; for this, the school is ever so grateful.
  • Other sponsors who have made significant donations to the school include Ashville College in Harrogate (United Kingdom), Kingswood School in Bath (United Kingdom) and Morna International College in Ibiza (Spain). Thank you very much for this.

Find out how you can help to realise the Chankhasi School vision, and support with covering costs to run the school and obtain basic resources such as desks, textbooks and pencils.