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Urgent Appeal for Secondary School Sponsors – for Sept 2017 intake

Every year around half the class in Standard 8 (12-15 students) hear that that they have received a good enough grade in their Certificate of Primary Education to qualify to go on to secondary school for 4 years.  As all secondary school education in Malawi is fee-paying every year we are desperately searching for sponsors at this time.  The results come out in early September  so we need to raise interest and secure commitments now.

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Patterson’s Latest Quarterly Update – lots of construction at MOET in the Summer

Nursery Kitchen

It is already 1 year now, since this blog has been started in July 2015.
Many projects have been started, continued and even finished during that time,
especially in the last few months.

A completely new nursery building has been planned and constructed in just a year’s time thanks to generous donations from several individuals through FOMOE.
It will provide a safe, friendly and joyful environment to the youngest ones at MOET as soon as it opens when the next term starts in September!

Although the nursery with all its beautiful children-friendly drawings on the walls, its beds for tired children and its colourful plastic chairs was just finished, the next nursery-related project has already been started: The construction of a nursery kitchen will be essential for MOET’s vision of having a completely separated and self-contained nursery.The idea is that the youngsters will stay inside the fences of the nursery and its playground all the time, so that they don’t have to mix up with the much bigger and maybe intimidating primary students to have their daily meal.


Thanks to a grant from the Marine Institute of Canada, the construction of the kitchen has already begun, but due to a lack of further funding, the construction had to stop slightly below the window level. Therefore, MOET would like to ask its friends for further support to finish this great project.
The costs to finish this project are estimated to be 1000 £.


The kitchen as of now

The Head Teacher’s Office

The second project, which has been finished in a record time recently, was the construction of an office for MOET’s headteacher! It was built as an extension on the left side of the old nursery, which will subsequently be used as a new staff room. Both of them will be a relief for the chronically congested main office and will allow the teachers to do their work more efficiently and professionally. We would like to express our gratitude once more to our donors, in this case the “United Methodist Church” from Atlanta, USA, who made this achievement possible for us!

New headteacher’s office

Irrigation Scheme

Whilst the worrying dry spell in Malawi did not improve with the end of this year’s rainy season, and most of Malawi’s landscape is already bleak and stark, MOET’s gardens are as green as ever!

The garden
A lot of maize

This is mainly achieved through an elaborate irrigation scheme using the abundance of water from the nearby lake. The main purpose of our garden is to grow vegetables and maize to feed the children and as well to create income for the school through sales. Unfortunately, the irrigation scheme was planned for a much smaller demand of around 200 kids, and now that there are more than 350 children here, demand is outstripping supply. For that reason, MOET
is looking for funds to extend its irrigation scheme and to connect the student’s garden to the main irrigation scheme.
Apart from that, all kinds of donations, even if it is just a pack of seeds are always highly appreciated!

Standard 8 Party

One of the main events during the third term was, as it is every year, the graduation of the Standard 8 learners after 3 months of intense studying and a week full of examinations. All the learners and their families as well as the teachers were invited to a great party with good food, some drinks, and many encouraging speeches! As a venue, the Ziboliboli Beach Resort right on the shores of Lake Malawi was chosen again, and allowed the students a diversion after boarding at MOET for about 3 months. After the food was served and the speeches were delivered, the students, their families, the teachers and, of course, the director danced together to Malawian and international songs – an amazing experience! Following the end of the students’ party, all the teachers and some of the support staff stayed at the place and enjoyed themselves with even more dancing. MOET is already looking forward to the
graduation of the current Standard 7 students next year!

Patterson’s speech
Gift-giving ceremony

Standard 8 Results

As MOET always prides itself with the above-average results of their Standard 8 leavers, we also want to wish this years’ graduates good luck for the release
of their final results in September.

The last years’ results
We would like to close this blog with an urgent request: Thanks to MOET’s secondary school sponsorship programme, we have been able or are intending to send some of our now grown-up students to college! Most of them are going to the “Technical College Salima”, where they are expected to have Laptops to work with. Unfortunately, it exceeds MOET’s financial ability to provide all of the college students with computers, so we would like to ask anyone for old, used laptops they don’t need anymore. Even if you think, that it might be too old/used/scratched, they can still be of great use for MOET and its students.


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Volunteer Johannes meets Piers Agget from hit pop band Rudimental in Malawi

Johannes writes:       Another highlight of my stay was meeting a group of asungus in front of Mangochi’s “People’s Metro” supermarket, who, as I learnt later were the famous UK band Rudimental and a group of other artists playing at a festival in CapeMaclear 2 days later. Seeing the possibility of avoiding an overcrowded truck, I asked them if they could take me up to my school, what they – like any western band with a couple of UK/US no. 1 hits probably would have done – accepted.

Piers Agget from Rudimental and me

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Volunteer Johannes teaches MOET children about Malawian Parliament and Dinosaurs

Johannes writes:
With the beginning of my third and last term at MOET, I decided to diversify my teaching in Standard 6 a bit, adding the subject “English Language” to my responsibility. Previously I had just taught “English Grammar”, which is really important for the children, but rather unexciting to teach. My new subject gave me a lot more freedom concerning the choice of topics, educational games and the use of our new projector.
The most exciting lessons were definitely those about the Malawian Parliament, in which the children learnt about the way a parliament works, read some simplified speeches and in the end wrote their own, to have a real Malawian-Parliament-style discussion.
In their speeches, most of the children commended the good roads (true, I think!) and the good schools (definitely!!) in their constituencies, whilst criticising the government for the shortage of food and the bad police. It was really lovely to listen to the speeches of the good students, and to the great ideas they had for Malawi!

Another highlight was the introduction of worksheets, “Can we really write on the papers, John??” about dinosaurs, of which they have never heard of before.

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In April of this year a State of Emergency was declared in Malawi following disastrous droughts so we are initiating an emergency food program to provide an extra meal every day for the children at MOET School for 6 months.  This programme costs £2,500 and it was all covered (and more) by the walk done by Robin and friends (including Cara the Dog) on 28th August.

Clarendon Way is a 26 mile (marathon) walk from Winchester to Salisbury Cathedral.

For more details see

clarendon1 clarendon2 clarendon3

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Volunteer Rowan’s 3rd week at MOET – August 2016

My third week at MOET was mostly filled by a football camp at Cape MacClear with learners from Standards 6-8 who make up the school football team.
Departure on Monday was to be at 1300, but upon arrival slightly before this hour I was greeted by the sight of Patterson driving away with his pick-up sans any children or footballs. He told me he was picking up a few things and I should return at 1500 when everything should be ready. As is the way in Malawi, even come 1500, even the postponed departure was still very far away as everyone tried to work out how to fit 14 students, 3 teachers, 2 volunteers, 5 footballs, a few chickens and some goat (deceased) and several massive pots for nsima into the back of a small pick-up truck (or matola). Think Buckaroo, but with a truck and live humans. High stakes Buckaroo. The ultimate solution an hour or so later after Johannes had arrived with a suitcase and Disney mattress was to have kids and luggage in the back, with adults and some food things in the car. Precarious indeed.

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Pattersons update January to March 2016 – whose been visiting MOET lately?

Printer, Projector and Medication.  Help from far and near – read about visitors to MOET in Patterson’s latest quarterly Update.

New Volunteer – Karin from Sweden brings teaching skills and printer

The month continued with the unexpected arrival of a new volunteer: Karin, a professional primary school teacher from Sweden. She stayed in Mangochi with her husband for a few months and came to MOET three times a week using a minibus! She helped us with new teaching skills in English Grammar and Social/ Environmental Skills in Standard 7.


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Ever wondered what students do when they leave MOET?

Watch this short video and listen to some great stories showing the different pathways available to ex-students……
Meet Emmanuel, Kadijah, Salome…and Brenda, Martha, Joyce & John

Emmanuel Katumbi  Kadijah Bwanali  Salome Banda


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Meet MOET Students – Shafiluna Bwanali

His cheeky face is in our main promotional photo, featured on Facebook and our web site, taken over 5 years ago. We asked him to tell us a bit about himself:

“My name is Shaf and I am 14 years old. I enjoyed MOET because we learnt many things such as vocational skills and games. I like to play football, and I like English because it is the key subject in school. In the future I want to have a nice job, and I want to assist my grandmother and my sisters.
I don’t have any parents, and I stay with my grandmother. I have a talent for arts and drawing. “

Here is what he looked like then….and here he is now.

Website main pic_Shafi highlighted                Shafiluna Bwanali

This is just one in a series of profiles which Kate collected when she volunteered at the school last year.  Watch out for others to come…..

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MEET BRIAN LIKASWE AT MOET – and learn about natural medicine and sustainable farming

During her 3 months at MOET Kate Bernard managed to interview and film many pupils and teachers. Meet Brian Likaswe in this 4 minute video and learn about the great sustainable methods used to produce crops and natural medicines at MOET – lemongrass for fever, aloe vera for burns, honey and vegetable crops for the students to eat and to sell


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