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.
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
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. “
Many of the students at MOET have to walk 10 miles or more miles a day to get to and from the school. In sympathy with this three Year 13 students are walking five miles to and from the Latymer School, Edmonton every day, for a total of 50 miles each, in the week 29 February to 4 March.
Please show your support for this brilliant idea by liking and/or sharing this post and, if you are able, make a donation through their fundraising site for FOMOE:
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
Fortunately a few months ago Patterson anticipated that, due to crop failures following the terrible floods last year, the maize prices would sky-rocket and proposed to buy it in bulk before this happened. And thanks to the generous donation from the Bernard family he was able to do so.
This means that all our pupils at MOET School can at least be sure to have one meal a day during these difficult times!
Children at MOET eating their mealie (maize meal)
MOET gives as well as receives locally
It’s been a really busy quarter with so many positive things to report on from MOET
MOET receives help and donations, sourced outside of FOMOE funds:
1. ELMA workshop
In November, MOET Director Patterson Majonaga and accountant Josephine Saidi took part in a 3-day workshop offered by ELMA in Lilongwe. The topics of the workshop was mainly financial management.
In the picture, you can see a group photo of all of the participants inside Crossroads Hotel. Read the rest of this entry »
New Year’s Greetings from us all at FOMOE and MOET School
Looking back at 2015
It all started on a very wet note at MOET as heavy rains caused extensive damage to villages nearby especially to mud built houses many of which were swept away into the lake. More than half of MOET children were affected and although school structures escaped undamaged most of the permaculture gardens were washed away and fish were lost when the ponds overflowed. I know everyone in Malawi will sympathise with our friends in the north of England who suffering similar experiences right now.
The last weekend was a very nice one, because the class teacher of Standard 6 invited me to his home for lunch. We were eating “Nsima” (maize porridge, the Malawian national dish) with sweet potato leaves and freshly caught fish from Lake Malawi. Afterwards we hiked a small mountain (“Koche Hill”) next to his house and he was quite proud to show me some pieces of the Malawian infrastructure like a big water tank, which is supplying all of the surrounding villages with treated drinking water and a very high mobile phone tower by the Malawian network TNM. On our way back, the class teacher of Standard 5 surprisingly joined us and we went the way back together with him.
The next week will be very important for the learners, as the “End of term one examinations” are taking place in all subjects and for all Standards from 1 to 8. As I have been teaching English Grammar in Standard 6 for almost 4 months now, these examinations will also be quite suspenseful for me. I really hope they will show that my teaching has had at least some impact and that the students will do very well in answering my questions.
“My” Standard 6 students