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Welcome to MOET school!

from Headmaster & Director, Patterson Majonanga…

How did MOET School start?

MOET (Mangochi Orphans Education & Training) School started in 1999 with 10 orphans being taught under a grass shelter.

The school then got a grant from the Humanitarian Relief Fund to construct its first building.

Today there are over 300 children and:

  • 8 classrooms

  • A Nursery Block

  • A library

  • An administration block

  • A kitchen

  • A water pipe and tank

  • A training block

  • A playground

  • Gardens for crops

  • Fish ponds

Come for a tour around the school:

MOET School has been registered as a Trust in Malawi since 2000

Director (Headmaster): Patterson Majonanga
Chairman: Professor M B Kwapata (Principal of Bunda College, University of Malawi)

The school produces its own accounts every year.

A Typical Day at MOET School

MOET follows the national curriculum so the timetable is varied, with English and Maths as core subjects.

In addition there are after school clubs available every Thursday in subjects such as debating, drama, sports, HIV/Aids awareness, wildlife and permaculture.

School days are Monday to Friday.

  • 7am: Arrive at school and tidy up
  • 7.15 am: Assembly outside under the trees
  • 7.30 – 11.00 am: Lessons for Standards (Years) 1 & 2
  • 7.30 – 12.30: Lessons for Standards 3 & 4
  • 7.30 – 13.40: Lessons for Standards 5,6,7 & 8

N.B. There is a staggered break of 10 minutes between 9.15am and 9.50am every morning, during which time the children are given their ‘nsima’ (maize porridge).

A Day in the Life of a MOET student in her own words

“I normally wake up around 5.00am. I start the day by doing my household chores – cleaning up dishes, sweeping, heating up water. I wash myself and walk to school which is 3 km away.

I do not eat before I start my journey as I know that at break-time the school will feed me porridge. I am in Standard 3 so my school day is from 7.00am til 12.30.

Thursday is my favourite day as I can choose which after school club I want to take part in and I get lunch provided beforehand – this will be maize porridge or rice with meat, fish, beans or eggs (whatever is available) usually with vegetables as we grow these in our gardens here.

When I get home I help my guardians with the household chores – either digging land, planting seeds, weeding the garden or harvesting crops. Often I go to the lake and wash clothes and bedding and get chance to swim and play with my friends.

I then go home and study before it gets too late”.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In what way is the MOET school ‘sustainable’?

MOET is partially self-sustaining and this is significant in a country which is one of the poorest in the world. By producing and selling its own goods in the local community the school is reducing the amount of dependency on donations from outside.

Why are there so many orphans in Malawi?

The current life expectancy in Malawi is has risen in recent years, but is still very low (58 for men and 61 for women – World Health Organisation 2013). The HIV/Aids pandemic has struck Malawi to its core and left 1 million children orphaned. In addition, frequent droughts can be fatal as can diseases such as malaria and bilharzia, if left untreated.

Who looks after the orphans who attend the school?

The orphans are looked after by guardians in their villages, who are assigned by the village elders and chief.

What happens to the children once they leave MOET?

After completing primary school many children in Malawi are left without any way of earning an honest living. MOET therefore has constructed a vocational training block, to help teach the older children trades to encourage self-reliance when they leave school.

In Malawi all secondary school education is fee-paying. Every year there are half a dozen children at MOET who are capable of furthering their education but do not have the funds to do so.

We have around 50 MOET graduates who are sponsored by donors in any one year. There are now children who started with the nursery class with MOET in 1999, were sponsored through secondary school and now are in further education. Two such girls are studying to be teachers themselves.

What is life like as a child in Malawi?

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world
One million children have lost at least one parent.
Most people are employed in agriculture – Malawi’s only major resource.

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People spend their day outside. The roads are always busy with people on foot or on bicycle, transporting themselves, food and materials.

Hunger:

Malaria:

Floods:

Children at MOET School are selected by village chiefs and elders and many are victims of HIV.

They get a minimum of one good meal a day at the school (often their only source of food).

If an orphaned student becomes sick the school sends him/her to Koche clinic and pays for their treatment (all clinics are fee-paying), in order to ensure they remain healthy in mind and body to attend school and continue with their studies.

Through play and formal learning these children’s’ lives are transformed.

Doesn’t the government provide free primary education?

This is true but government-run primary school class sizes are very large (around 100 pupils) and it is invariably the orphans who slip through the net and drop out – exactly the ones who need help and support most.

The emotional trauma for children who have lost one or both parents is usually compounded by physical and social deprivation – inadequate food, water, sanitation, health and education.

We believe the best strategy for sustaining the lives of these children is by giving them an education with supportive guardian involvement and training to equip them with the skills to help them when they leave school.

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And help create a brighter future for the children.

Donate

Donate

MOET School is entirely dependent on donations and goodwill. Regular and single donations will help secure the future of the school on a day to day basis and could fund further outreach programs to help the community at large.

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There are many ways you can help raise funds – be it organizing an event in your company or community or getting sponsorship for something you dare yourself (and possibly others) to do, or simply remembering to shop online via the easyfundraising.org.uk portal.

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Want to volunteer? MOET School values volunteers. Whether you are 18 or 68, stay for one week or one year, we value your contribution. You don’t need a degree or a professional qualification or to pay for the privilege of volunteering at the school, you just need a warm heart and a focused mind.

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