June 2017 – Update

CONSTRUCTION OF A SPECIAL SANITARY ROOM FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS

MOET strives to uphold to the best education standards in promoting girls attendance and sanitation at the school. One such way is maintained by constructing a special sanitary room that is now in place and opened in the month.

       

Outside view of the newly constructed room and  inside view of the room in progress above

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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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May 2017 – Update

MOET PRIMARY SCHOOL OUTGOINGS

MOET Standard 8 Students wrote the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Examinations in the month after three-months of boarding at the School Campus. 

STD 8 Pupils posing before Exams

The institution organized a Farewell Party for their outgoing pupils with their teachers just before sitting for their examinations and the pictures below are moments of events during the celebration period.

Students’ section during the party.            Teachers section during the party.

      

 During the party, remarkable achievers were awarded with assorted gifts

MOET has graduated a total of 31pupils (11 boys and 20 girls) in Standard 8 just soon after writing Primary School Leaving Certificate. Their packed luggages with them departing also means that the current school registration is minus their total number until the time when their results shall be out.

        

 

AQUACULTURE AND VACATION SKILL TRAINING

Apart from Farewell Party and Examinations for Standard Eight pupils, aquaculture training was provided to one of MOET staff, Mercy Ngongonda who is responsible for Permaculture Outreach Prrogram. Mercy will use the attained skills from the training to supervise aquaculture activities at MOET. Pupils also were busy during the month acquiring a number of skills from the vocational skills and training centre.

             

Mercy Ngongonda among the trained           Pupils learning tailoring

PERMACULTURE TRAININGS AND AFORESTATION

Mangochi Orphan Education and Training previously organized Permaculture Training where among other activities participants were trained on how the can manage tree nurseries. The pictures below are testimonies of the capacity built to the household members who attended the trainings.

             

Some of the members participating during the training and seedlings raised out of knowledge gained during permaculture trainings. Members shall be sell surplus seedlings to improve their household incomes.

 

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March 2017 – Update

New Projector

As part of vocational skills development program, apart from computer operation training, learners had an access to LCD projector viewing. During this time, pupils had chance to viewing themselves in the different activities they had been performing in class, at the playground and during entertainment activities like drama and variety shows. This also gave them chance to refresh their brains.

The projector is a very welcome addition to the classroom.

Heartfelt thanks to Solon Foundation for donating it to the school!  (some years ago they donated computers also)

solonfoundation.org is a charity based in Canada that works with the most marginalised countries in the world.

 

 

 

 

Progress on academics

“Teach a child while young, and will not depart from the way”. MOET pupils are always kept busy and encouraged to use the library to develop their academic prowess. During the month Standard 1 pupils were frequent users of the library facility. We appeal to the general public to donate more books to our library to suffice the ever-growing number of orphan students at the school.

 

Permaculture and kitchen gardens

March is an important month when green gardening is affected to take advantage of soil moisture. Vegetables grown are essential as they are a source of vitamin A essential for sight of the pupils in the library. Lakeshore dwellers are malnourished due to inadequate access of vegetables in their diet as they mostly get proteins from fish. In the month, mustard and tomato plants were sown and to be transplanted in the prepared sink beds below.

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February 2017 – Update

FEEDING PROGRAM

The month of February is popularly known to be in short supply of food in Malawi. MOET extended the feeding program to provide daily lunch to pupils as shown in the picture below:-

1 Feeding Program

Fish harvesting exercise took place from one of the Fish ponds at MOET during the month. About 7 kilograms of fish amounting to MK21, 000.00 was realized and provided relish to children during their lunches.

2 Fish harvesting

Fish harvesting in progress

4 fish   3 fish

 

More households anticipate for an improved food reserves as rainfall distribution so far has  been  generally fair. Larger areas have had adequate rains save for few where rains did a big break causing wilting of crops within the same region. The pictures are an indication of field progress this far.

5 crops    6 crops

 

Wide gaps  in maize stages and wilting contributed by dry spells experienced in the area.

7 crops

Above: Maize drying prematurely due to lack of Rainfall as of February 2017

 

Organic farming and green gardening

This is one of the holistic ways of realizing the value of soil and water. Sunken beds have been prepared ready for direct sowing. Children learnt how they can retain moisture and improve the value of soil to avoid wilting of crops easily.

8 seedbeds

Seedbeds and nursery for vegetables

9 seedbeds

 

Determination and hardworking is one of the MOET disciplines instilled in pupils and staff.. MOET conducted manual work on 3rd February 2017.The activity fosters interaction and openness between each other regardless of position and gender. Duties on the day are indicated in the pictures below.

10 Patterson toiling

MOET Director, Patterson Majonanga setting the standards.

11 charles weeding

 

Leading by example: Charles Matabwa MOET headmaster busy uprooting weeds during the manual work.

 

AWARDS TO TEACHERS FOR EXCEPTIONAL WORK

The activity was followed by an award presentation ceremony  to staff members who worked harder during the past academic year.

 12 Lydia

The Deputy Head teacher, Lydia Kadango above was amongst  those awarded alongside Limbani Chauluka (below)

 13 Limbani

Esther Gondwe was proud to have received her award too.

14 Esther

 

Wildlife Club Tour to Maldeco Aquacultures and Tropex Limited

Apart from being contented with MOET Aquaculture and Botany initiatives, pupils are given the opportunity to also see the industry side of the activities. During the month students had chance realise the value of Fish keeping and flower from the above mentioned institutions.

15 Tropex

 

At Tropex Limited, they learnt   a lot on how trees are propagated and raised.

 16 Maldeco Aquaculture

 Above: Pupils on board to Maldeco Aquaculture Limited and below are pupils at the Aquaculture

 18 Maldeco Aquaculture  17 Maldeco Aquaculture

One of the fish ponds at Maldeco Aquaculture Limit

Tree Planting Day at MOET

The activity took place on 20th February 2017. This activity supports the Malawi government’s efforts in tree planting initiative. At MOET the exercise also support permaculture and action on natural medicine program. 500 trees were planted on the day .

19 Treeplanting

Above are Pupils being demonstrated on how to dig holes for tree seedlings

20 Christina

Permaculture and Outreach program officer, Christina Ngongonda (in red skirt) presenting tree

Seedlings to MOET learners for planting.

21 Planting

Pupils witnessing the planting success.

22 Teachers tree planting

MOET  teachers   off  to their tree planting site

23 pupil treeplanting

A MOET pupil planting his tree on tree planting day

24 tree planting

Some trees like Mb’awa (Bauhinia toningi )and Mlambe (Adansonia Digitata ) were planted along river banks to avoid soil erosion.

 

Trees plated during the exercise  were natural trees  Adansonia Digitata (Mlambe) Bauhinia toningi (Mb’awa) and others.

Some were fruit  trees like  Pawpaws, Mangoes, (Mangifera indica) and Lemons,  not forgetting the most important tree Moringa Oleifera.

 

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January 2017 – Update

MOET BEST PERFORMERS AS OF JANUARY,2017.

During the month of January 2017, many learners performed well in their respective classes. On average, the pupils shown below were selected as overall best performers for January 2017.

Nancy & Shalif

 

From left above: 

Nancy Jafali and Shalif Omar – Best perfomers at MOET nursery school

The above named students are well disciplined and always listen attentively when in class hence their best performance.

 Daudi

Daudi Dinaya amongst the best performers

 

Daudi Dinaya is12 years of old and comes from Chipoka Village in the Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi District. He is in Standard 5. Daudi is a single orphan who stays with his mother.

nancy & Daudi

 

Nancy Phiri (right) poses with her teacher alongside her competitor Daudi Dinaya (left)

Nancy Phiri who is 9 years of old came second after Daudi Dinaya. She comes from the same Chipoka village like Daudi. She is the best challenger to Daudi who always differ by a whisker in marks.

 

MOET AQUACULTURE

The institutions continue to maintain the fish ponds. Fishes are doing well as no dead fish have so far been spotted. Harvesting will be effected soon and we anticipate our school Feeding Program to benefit from these.

Aquaculture

HUNGER PERIOD AT MOET

Most Malawians experienced a hunger period during the lean month of January 2017. Despite the Food Aids being distributed monthly with support by the World Food Program (WFP) which is selective to some households, at least 40% of the population faced hunger. The family below (a mother three children) is found in one of our target areas and the picture was taken when they had mangoes for their lunch.

Hunger at MOET_1

Two of the three children above attend MOET Nursery School. School Feeding Program at MOET during school days relieves the children from hunger in their families.

Hunger at MOET 2

Children captured taking lunch at MOET

Due to the hunger situation, MOET’s School Feeding Program extended to daily for the Orphans to benefit from. This reduced the impact of hunger to the Orphans in the target areas.

 

MOET AGAINST DEFORESTATION

The 2016/2017 National Tree Planting season was officially launched by the President on Wednesday  January 25th  2017 at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe, the Capital City of Malawi under the theme: “Malawi forests: Rooted in the past and branching into the future”

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In January 2017, Mangochi Ophans Education and Training (MOET) led the target communities in gathering resources for the tree planting exercise as well as the practicing of permaculture as one way of conserving the environment to mitigate drought and hunger. Among the trees gathered are the medicinal value neem and molinga as seen below.

MOET against deforestation 1_plants   MOET against deforestation 2_seedlings

Tree seedlings ready to be planted at MOET

 

PROGRESS OF MOET ORCHARD

Our orchard at MOET was established by the Mercer University Students in 2010. Their contribution is quite memorable as Orchard is progressing well. We have just sown and mulched more fruit seeds as illustrated in the diagram.

Orchard 1  Orchard citrus trees

OUTREACH  PROGRAMS TO SCHOOLS

In January  2017, having seen that a lot of students both at primary and secondary levels were not reporting for school due to hunger. MOET tried to reach some of these learners with food items, exercise books, soap and others. This proved to be very fruitful  to them since there was now a higher attendance of learners at school .

Outreach program 1  Outreach program 2

 

Secondary school students  have also benefited from the Outreach program

 

 

PERMACULTURE

MOET encourage conservation of the natural environment and wise utilization of the resources through Permaculture. Tree planting is one of the important activities within the Permaculture implementation. January was a preparatory month a head of the Tree Planting Day in February and below are the seedlings being put in order and equipment to be used during the day.

Permaculture 1

New tree seedlings raised in tubes ready to be planted

PERMACULTURE OUTREACH PROGRAM

MOET Permaculture is extended to its target areas which cover a total of 30 villages. MOET Permaculture activities are implemented in clusters and are 7 Clusters in total for the 30 Villages. The Picture below is one of the Clusters being trained on how they can raise and plant seedlings.

Permacuture 2

Members of the clusters are equipped with skills and equipment to implement permaculture activities such as establishing kitchen gardens, tree nursery beds for natural and fruit trees replacement etc. Watering cans shown below were distributed to the clusters for communities to use in managing trees.

Permacuture 3

Watering cans for outreach program beneficiaries in Permaculture

 

 

 

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July to December 2016 news from Patterson – the MOET School perspective

Friday, 6 January 2017

July to December 2016 Newsletter

Pattersons July to Dec 2016 blog update with background

Pattersons July to Dec 2016 blog update with background

For whole newsletter with photos see PDF and Word doc attached.

2016 has been another very interesting year for us, and we wish all of our students, staff members and frieds all over the world an even more prosperous 2017!

Future Nursery School Visit

Mangochi Orphan Education and Training (MOET) programmes are a source of inspiration for most of the educational institutions within and beyond its catchment area. Below you can see visitors from Future Nursery School which is about 15kms away from MOET. They came to here to learn on what makes it different from other schools.

The kids were taken around MOET campus, and fresh lemon grass tea from our gardens was served for them.

After a thorough exploration of the MOET surroundings, the visitors gathered for an informal briefing.

Sports Day

The development of skills is one of the activities implemented at MOET and sports form part of the skills to be imparted for thedevelopment of the children. Below are pictures of different sporting activities showcased on the MOET sports day this year.

“ON YOUR marks!…” The girls are getting ready for the marathon, determined to cover the total of 6kms. The day’s weather was good for the sporting activities and as a precautionary measure, a rescue vehicle was used to follow the group.

MOET pupils are discovering their potential in sports.

Patterson and Secondary School graduates take part in playing volleyball together with Rowan Cole as one way to develop sporting activity at MOET

 

 

Volunteers

 MOET programmes attract the services of volunteers for them to gain experience, and for us to make use of them in our academic and extension work. Johannes Lau is one of the enthusiastic volunteers, who, until recently, taught at MOET.

Johannes Lau makes a symbolic speech on the beaches of Lake Malawi in Cape Maclear. MOET and its staff usually arrange a farewell party as a way of appreciating the contribution of volunteers.

MOET teachers and staff staffs having fun at the beaach with our voluteer.
Putting on life vests, Johannes Lau and Rowan Cole join the staff on board for a sunset cruise. Rowan Cole, a one-month volunteer from England was honoured for his volunteer work at MOET as well.

Part of the staff, and both volunteers on the boat

Secondary School Students

MOET conducts coaching to secondary school students every summer holidays. This helps them keep their heads fresh and focus more on what they aim to achieve by the end of their academic years.

Having discovered the importance of books in education, secondary school graduates are busy re-arranging books and decorating the library as they are waiting for their examination results. This helps setting an example to primary school students to love their books even more.

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Summary of 2016 at MOET – Annual Newsletter from Chair of FOMOE, Robin Clarke

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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
Lunch
Gift-giving ceremony
Dancing!

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
Laptops
 
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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