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  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/robinclarke1

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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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Volunteer Rowan’s 2nd week at MOET – August 2016

It was all fun and games for Rowan in his second week at MOET:

This week saw me making my teaching debut at MOET, as I was assigned to teach English and Geography to MOET graduates who return in the summer holidays for supplementary secondary lessons (free of charge).
My first English lesson was on modifiers; of which according to the grammar book I referenced there are three types; positive, comparative and superlative. I found it initially difficult to gauge the class (Form 4 next year, the final year of secondary), but was soon given an explanation as to why some of them looked confused when upon asking Joseph for an example of a positive modifier which is just an adverb or adjective (literally modifying the verb or the noun), he wrote “The English teacher speaks very quickly” So following that piece of feedback I slowed down and it  went well.
Geography on Friday featured the topic of Population Change, as in AS in the UK. I’ve inadvertently picked up the Malawian teaching style with lots of writing on the board and no particularly creative activities to be seen, but you know; when in Mangochi…


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18 year old Rowan volunteers for a month at MOET July-Aug 2016

Rowan’s first week and first impressions……
I’ve just completed the first week of my month in Malawi where I’m at MOET school, doing some work with returning secondary students and some football coaching later on in my stay.  Before leaving London I had been under the impression my journey to Malawi was a long one;  a total of about 24 hours; but on the plane to South Africa my neighbour was a Canadian architect travelling to the Gambia. His journey duration dwarfed mine. He had had to fly from Vancouver to London before heading to Africa with me; when he would then fly to Angola and then onto Gambia. All this was to take over 2 days.
Still at the airport in Lilongwe I was changing my Sterling into Kwacha, foolishly asking for “some smaller notes” which resulted in me being given about 350 500MK notes and about another 100 notes in smaller denominations like 100’s, 50’s and 20’s. I hadn’t quite appreciated the exchange rate and quickly realised my wallet was not going to be large enough to store Kwacha. It may have been more manageable in 1000MK notes…

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We are pleased to announce that MOET has managed to build a beautiful new nursery block, thanks to another generous donation from Canning Trust, match-funded essentially by our wonderful corporate sponsor, La Fosse Associates.

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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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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:

Miles for Africa poster

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