How are you supposed to...
- study if you can´t afford textbooks?
- take notes if you don´t have a pencil?
- pay attention in school if you are too hungry?
Every year 1000 children between the ages of 6 and 16 attend the Chilaweni Primary School, which is situated in Malawi, Southern Africa. The school has very limited funds, hence there are only a few textbooks available that are being shared among all students.
A lot of these children are not able to take notes in class, because they cannot afford exercise books and pencils. Despite the dedication of the 28 primary school teachers, too many kids fail the exams and have to repeat the same school year.
Every morning the kids are being served oatmeal. Global warming and bad weather conditions have affected the harvests, so many Malawian parents are struggling to feed their children. To some kids the oatmeal served at the Chilaweni Primary school will be the only meal of the day.
Inspite of the challenges they face, these African children are eager to learn. Some of the kids have to walk 10 kilometers to reach the primary school, which is why they start school at different ages. At the end of the school year the best students are rewarded with a small amount of money.
I currently live and work in Malawi. Every day these kids come by my house and share their stories and dreams with me. When speaking to my neighbour and friend Denis, the headmaster of the Chilaweni Primary School, last week, I learned that it would only take €1.000,- to provide school books & writing material for everyone (excl. admin. costs).
1000 African kids will return to the Chilaweni Primary School after their summer holidays in September. Let´s help to educate them for a better future!