Education in Malawi
Organisation: Ganet's Adventure School Fund
Location: Mkondezi Village, Malawi
Project: Building two new classrooms
Ganet’s Adventure School was established in 2004 by its current director, Gertrude Banda. It started out as a collection of three informal pre-schools set up in different villages in response to a lack of pre-school care for children in the community. Due to demand from parents, Gertrude amalgamated the pre-schools onto one site and began to include primary school classes which now run up to Standard 8, so that pupils can take their Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLCE) with the school to give them the best chance of qualifying for secondary school entry.
Children who cannot afford to bring their lunch with them eat food grown on site at the school’s permaculture garden. Orphans, children with only one parent present in the family and disabled children are educated for free.The school is recognised across Malawi as being an example of a well-run, innovative nongovernment school, and has been visited by the US ambassador to Malawi, senior Ministry of Education officials from the capital city Lilongwe, and permaculture experts. It has been featured on national radio. Its large permaculture garden grows nutritious food for pupils of the school, andis used by the Ministry of Education as an example to show other schools in the area.
Adsum has helped fund two badly needed classrooms, which will provide learning for 120 pupils and importantly will be constructed in line with Malawi government standards.