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There were a couple of special guests to talk to the children also!
Mr Sande – a policeman from nearby Machinga, is one of the best athletes that Malawi currently has. He has also built a running track with a football and netball pitch inside, by himself over the last 7 years! He even got nominated for a very prestigious award called the the MBC innovations awards ( certificate & medal ) for the voluntary job he has been doing there! He gave some encouraging words to the learners to mix sports with a good education and it will take them far! Mr. Sande has also agreed to help us at Matandani to build our very own running track around the football pitch. We have just started by clearing the ground for the 100m track!
Another very special guest was the friend of one of our teachers- Patrick Msusa! We already know that Patrick is one of the star players for the local Matandani football team, but what we didn’t know was that his mate Dennis Chembezi, plays for the Malawi national team! He used to be a centre back for The Wizards FC in Blantyre but he has just been snapped up by the current champions of Malawi – The Nomads! He will be playing the equivalent of the champions league in Africa this year and has already been capped for the national team. Not bad for being just 20! It was really great to have him give some encouraging words to the children and to talk about his experiences and opportunities that he has had because of sport and Andy, Dennis Chembezi and Patrick a good education- like travelling around Africa!
We have also decided to put a hedge and fence around the netball court. Our grounds man has done a great job of preparing the ground and caring for the hedges and it will look great when it has grown into a proper hedge.
Finally, the football pitch has been finally finished! The brand new metal goalposts have been installed! With the help of Simon and Olivia, (travelling friends who came to stay with me for a week or two) we marked out the measurements of the standard sized football pitch and installed old tyres around the edges of the pitch to show the corner flag, half way line etc! Its been a huge hit in the community, with weekly matches now taking place with as many as 500+ people coming to watch! With the rainy season now starting, the planting of grass on the last patches of the pitch can be done… and already the grass is growing so fast!
The classroom situation currently at Matandani is now 12 classrooms + an iPad learning room (from only 8 when we first started!) The school have currently split standard 1,2,3,4,5 & 6! This means that there are still two classes been taught under the trees-Std 4 & 5! This is far from ideal, especially now as we are in rainy season! The wish is to build two more classrooms – or shelters at least for these classes within the next year!