The story

The story

The people of Nkhandwe Village in Nkhotakota District were faced with a problem. Many of their young children were not attending primary school as it was a long way to walk to the nearest primary school, which was over 4 miles (6.4 Km) away. What's more, in the rainy season the rivers were too dangerous for young children to cross.  The problem was discussed with local leaders and the people of Nkhandwe Village were given a plot of land to build a school which was to be accessible to any child five days a week, and at the weekend would be an Anglican Church.  The original building was made of mud walls and a grass roof.

With help from Nkhotakota Pottery, the newly formed school committee rebuilt the church with brick walls and a tiled roof. A teacher was employed and visitors who came to the pottery offered monthly support for the teacher's salary. The learners were taught both in the church and under the surrounding trees.

In 2008, the school committee brought on board a lady retiree in Nkhandwe village who had previously taught at a teachers training college in Tanzania for many years, and the management of Nkhotakota Pottery to decide on the future and realise the vision for Chankhasi School. The plans were checked by a renowned architect before building commenced in June 2009.

After the completion of the first classroom, the school had an open day to which local leaders from the community, and officials from the Education Department, parents, learners and all interested citizens were invited to hear several speeches pertaining to the progress of the school.