Teachers of Ganet's Adventure School
Ganet's Adventure School is located in the Nkhata Bay district, around 6 hours' drive from Malawi's capital city Lilongwe. In normal times the school is a bustling hub of energy, with a total of 235 pupils and 11 teachers, there to provide them with a good quality education - their hard work and determination has been essential to the school's success, notably the end of year exam grades achieved by the children.
With the current global pandemic forcing school closures all across the world, Ganet's has been no exception - the school has been closed since late March in line with the Malawian government's lockdown measures.
Additional to hindering the education of all the children, this development has impeded the school's finances and thereby the salaries of the teachers. To support the teachers we launched our COVID-19 fundraising appeal earlier this month, as to ensure we could guarantee them 75% of their salary until August. This initiative has been a resounding success (thanks to our supporters and the Alleyn's Parents Association), allowing us to increase the salary cover to 100% and support essential repairs required at the school. We are very close to achieving this target, and to help us do so you can donate from the below, we have less than £100 to go!
We have managed to reach out to three of the teachers, who are currently doing all they can to keep their families and themselves safe. They teach a wide range of subjects that include English, Maths, Science and Chichewa (Malawi's official language). Elisa teaches the nursery class, and in addition to having three children also looks after the two children of her brother in law who sadly passed away five years ago. Charles, wearing the stylish suit and pink shirt teaches Standard 7 and has four children and one grandchild. Forster in the white shirt and smart trousers teaches Standard 8 and has six children and three grandchildren.
They have expressed how much they miss their pupils, the other teachers and the school campus, and are trying to make the most of lockdown by preparing work and creating lesson plans so they are ready when the school re-opens. They are very appreciative of our fundraising efforts.