About the Project

water The Matandani project started in 2012. Andy Monaghan, an Irish primary-school teacher, reached the Domasi region of Malawi after 18 months of travelling and teaching around the world. In Domasi, he volunteered at a community-run collection of rural nursery schools. Together with local and international volunteers, he built up the capacity of these schools to give poor kids a valuable headstart in their education.

water Andy came into contact with Matandani Primary School because all of the children in the nursery schools fed into it. He saw a school that faced many challenges: huge class-sizes, an uninspiring environment, inconsistent teacher attendance and performance, limited and antiquated resources, and gaps in basic infrastructure (e.g., water, electricity, toilets). As a result, the gains made in the nursery schools were likely to be quickly lost. But Andy also saw promise. Several teachers, in particular, were frustrated and keen to make changes.

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In conjunction with the school’s management team and community leaders, the four primary ways envisaged to tackle these issues were:

  1. Renovate existing facilities and build new ones.
  2. Introduce new approaches to teaching and administration
  3. Invest in modern IT equipment and a wider range of teaching resources
  4. Assess and improve students’ all-round well-being

 

This holistic approach is the best way to help Matandani’s students improve their educational opportunities. A lot has been achieved already, but there is still much to be done!

 

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