Preparing for a final year with a strong focus on learning.
Our students and teachers are working hard, even on evenings and weekends, to finish this year strong. At the end of next year, our present group of 60 girls will be writing National Exams. The focus is study, practice exams and English learning — the most critical and challenging component of the National Exam.
The computer lab is a valuable addition to the students’ education.
The ARES computer server has been a valuable teaching tool. Teachers enrich the curriculum with videos, tutorials, books and additional research information. How neat is it to learn about science or biology and see the experiment live on a video! Furthermore, it is the first time our girls have ever seen or handled a computer. The laptops allow the students to expand their learning and ask questions. Starting in January, the next group of girls will be so much further ahead, as they will begin their four years at Kuwala with laptops from Day 1! Although most schools learn about laptops through textbooks, our students learn about laptops through actual applications. Less than 1% of schools in Malawi have a computer for every student. Kuwala is genuinely in a privileged position with one computer for every student.
An opportunity of a lifetime. The need to provide girls’ with a secondary education is staggering in Lilongwe, Africa.
Advertising for tomorrow’s leaders
A small poster placed in primary schools and Teacher Development Centers around the district drew an overwhelming response from girls wanting to interview for limited new enrollment at Kuwala Christian Girls School for the start of the fall semester.
Four hundred and fifty girls came over two days to write an entrance exam with the hopes of being accepted to the school in January. Some came without invitation; many travelled long distances and arrived at Kuwala as early as 6:00 am.
It wasn’t easy to stop and not allow them all to participate in the interview and entrance exam. Space was made for all student candidates, and everyone was allowed to write the exam. Unfortunately, not everyone will gain entrance due to limited resources. There is a need for girl’s education, the reason Kuwala is here. In addition, there is a solid requirement to provide sponsorships to girls with no other option.
Lend a hand sponsorship drive
We are kicking off our Lend a Hand campaign to provide the opportunity for you to sponsor a girl. Did you know that a $1200.00 a year donation offers a student a year of education? All in a safe, healthy school environment. Kuwala provides a uniform, three meals a day, a place to sleep, books, and extra-curricular activities. A four-year sponsorship allows them to graduate and brighten their future.
A nursery of seedlings
The seedlings in the greenhouse nursery are growing stronger every day. They have been nesting under thatching that protects them. The beds in the greenhouse are almost ready, nurtured under black plastic, and the girls will transport the seedlings. Kuwala is preparing to grow an abundance of produce this Fall as we anticipate the arrival of our new class of girls to the Campus. Our food stores continue to grow, with Nancy organizing it all. She is a teacher and Matron on Campus. Her role is vital to keeping track of food management, working with the suppliers, cooks, and general campus record-keeping.
Racing with Owen + Asher. A fundraising update.
Last month you followed the fabulous story of two young boys fundraising for a girl’s scholarship at Kuwala. Finally, results are in, and a huge thank you to Owen and Asher! Through their CanadaHelps fundraising campaign and the Karting Club’s annual charity drive, together, they raised $2400.00! That is enough to sponsor two girls for one year at Kuwala, absolutely incredible!
Lighting up the night
The Campus has installed five modern high-efficiency street lights along the main corridors from the hostel to the classroom block and to the entrance gate to the staff house. The lighting system protects everyone returning from the late-night study. Kuwala at night can be seen around the community as far as a kilometre away.
Construction is bricks and mortar.
Construction continues at a fast pace. There are many more doors and windows now on the St. Peter’s Assembly Hall, and the walls are going up on the second staff house. The construction of on-site housing for teachers will attract and retain top talent.
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