This summer Miss Ward is working in Malawi leading a team of UK and Malawian teachers delivering residential skills share workshops in Nkhotakota, Malawi. To raise money for this, the children have suggested a challenge for her – to cartwheel across the school field! This will hopefully be taking place on Tuesday 25th June at about 4:30, depending on when the cricket match ends and assuming it isn’t raining.

The Blue Coat School has previously supported this work in Malawi, which is arranged through the Birmingham Diocese, which is twinned with Malawi, but is entirely independently planned, organised, led and funded.  Malawi is the third poorest country in the world and primary schools do not have electricity or running water.  Primary school teachers receive very minimal training (about 6 weeks after leaving secondary school, they do not need a degree) and are then sent anywhere in the country to teach.

One teacher from every Anglican primary school in Malawi will be invited to one of the skills shares, with the intention that they will then go back to their schools to disseminate the course content.  This gives the teachers the opportunity to come together to learn from each other as well as us, and the cost of travel, accommodation and all meals is included for each Malawian teacher, otherwise it would not be possible to come. A Malawian teacher earns approximately £40 a month, so fundraising to raise the cost of the skills share is the only way it is possible.

The other way children in Prep can support is to donate resources for Malawian teachers: pens, pencils, coloured pencils, rubbers, rulers, calculators and small balls (tennis ball size or smaller) . There will be a box to collect these outside the LS Room and in the Houses.

If you would like to support Miss Ward in fundraising, please donate to the justgiving page below: