What we do

  • Primary Education

  • Nursery

  • Secondary Education

  • Health

  • Community


Primary education

The current roll of the Primary School is 2500 children, 1153 girls and 1347 boys.
The Education System in Malawi is supported by Government but it is not compulsory for children to attend school.

The Curriculum consists of 6 areas:

  • English

  • Maths

  • Chichewa (the Language of Malawi)

  • Social and Religious Studies

  • Primary Sciences

  • Arts and Life Skills

We now have 7 teaching blocks with 15 classrooms and currently 25 teachers 15 male and 10 female.

There is now 17 teachers houses built on the Campus.

In partnership with Mary’s Meals all children receive a nutritious daily meal in this place of learning.  The mug of fortified porridge – likuri phala, a maize porridge is often the only meal a child will receive in any given day.

The charity provides tangible support to the school through the provision of:

  • A school uniform for every child

  • School resources including jotters, pencils, pens and textbooks.

  • A large treated mosquito net for the Standard 1 children

  • Football and Netball strips

  • Sports equipment for football, netball, volleyball and two table tennis tables.

There has been significant improvement around the academic record of the area and the school is the best performing school in the Greater Dedza Conurbation.

School Hours

S1        7:30 am - 12 noon
S2        7:30 am - 12:30 pm
S3 & S4        7:30 am - 13:15 pm
S5, S6, S7, S8    7:30 am - 14:30 pm


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Nursery education

Nursery staff at Mama Nora's Nursery.

Nursery staff at Mama Nora's Nursery.

On Wednesday 18th May 2016, Mama Nora’s Nursery School was formally opened in the vlllage of Chiluzi.  One hundred children will attend this place of education 7:30 am – 11:30 am, five days per week.

The opening day was a day of great joy for all who live in the community and was attended by the nursery children, pupils from the primary school, teachers, village leaders, tribal chiefs, representatives from the Education Authority and the local church.

Also in attendance was the countries Mary’s Meals regional manager, who oversees the feeding programmes on our campus.

Two teachers and two assistants are employed at the Nursery on a full-time basis.

Educational resources and wallcharts have been provided for the two classrooms.


All children receive two nutritious meals per day. Sunshine porridge for breakfast (provided in partnership with Mary’s Meals). For lunch Nsima and vegetables grown and harvested from our very own school gardens. A boiled egg is also provided for the children.

Recent Developments at the Nursery



On a recent visit Trustees experiencing the new outdoor eating area.

On a recent visit Trustees experiencing the new outdoor eating area.

  • Construction of a nursery play area / playground

  • Bench sets to seat the children at mealtimes

  • The children now enjoy their meals protected from the sun or rain by the new shelter.

  • Landscaping to include a security wall and gate around the nursery campus


Secondary education

A secondary state education in Malawi is only available to those children from Standard 8 who pass the National Examination with very good grades.

There are now 21 children, former pupils, receiving a private high school education. 15 boys and 6 girls which is a fantastic achievement.

The State Secondary School which is available to our children is very far away from the village with no public transport availability.  It is in a very poor state of repair and facilities and resources are entirely inadequate.  In addition children are virtually left unsupervised and living on their own.  Few can afford the rent of a place to stay or indeed the state fees.  Consequently very few, if any children from a rural environment complete the four years of secondary or succeed in obtaining an MSCE – a Malawi Certificate of Education.

Even after a pass in the National Examinations, pupils have to be selected by the government to gain a place in state and grant aided schools. 

Private Schools can set further entrance examinations and interviews.  The school fees currently for a Private School are around £1000 per annum and includes tuition, meals, accommodation and access to textbooks.  Fees don’t include uniform, gym kit, toiletries, bedding, sports uniform, jotters, pencils etc. nor the cost of travel home at the end of each term.

There are so many students after so few places, therefore Private Schools can afford to accept only the brightest and the best.

It has always been our intention to promote girls secondary education.  Recalling the words of James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey, the African Missionary and teacher who said:-

“The surest way to keep people down is to educate a man and neglect a woman.  If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a whole nation”.

However, in an endeavour not to discriminate against boys, our board decided to put forward our best boys for selection.  We presented 4 girls for interviews and entrance examinations for ‘Girls on the Move’ Private Secondary Boarding School for Girls and 3 boys for interviews and entrance examinations for ‘St John’s Private Boarding School for Boys.  All 3 boys secured a place and 3 out of the 4 girls secured a place.  A fantastic achievement!

If you wish to sponsor or part sponsor a child for private secondary education please contact us to discuss or send an email to the charity. 


Health

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Other Health Initiatives  

The charity recently provided a local Clinic in the village which can be used for Midwife's and also as a First Aid centre in the community. 

Our pre5 antenatal clinic was officially opened on Tuesday 9th May 2017.

This facility will be a critical factor in health outcomes for pregnant mothers and their infant children.

The construction of a pre5 antenatal clinic will hopefully improve the health and well being of the villagers. The foundation provides medication for malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, scabies and red eye. This medication will be distributed from the clinic as required and stored in our recently installed solar powered fridge.

The clinic is open Monday to Friday and midwives visit every Wednesday.

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Kelvin Galilea (pictured below) is the Health surveillance assistant who runs our antenatal / pre 5 Clinic. Before the clinic was built Kelvin treated patients under a tree. This excellent facility offers:

  • Regular health checks to all under 5 children

  • all inoculations for babies

  • deworming twice a year of all children from birth to Standard 8 in the Primary School

  • health checks of all pupils standard 1 -8 at Nora Docherty Primary School

  • Free medication for common conditions mentioned previously

  • Antenatal care for pregnant mums

  • Family Planning

Our borehole provides clean water within the village for cooking and washing.  (At the moment an engineering survey of the village is being undertaken with a view to consider options for enhancing the overall water supply as the two wells in the village are currently being overused and have been affected by poor rainfall over the last two rainy seasons). Prior to us digging the well and constructing the borehole, the village water supply was an open well.

We now also have 2 solar powered water tanks providing fresh water to taps at the nursery, the school and the clinic.

All children are encouraged to wash their hands after use of the latrines.

All Standard 1 children are issued with a large and fully treated mosquito net and malaria continues to be a killer disease.

Each year we distribute pants and sanitary pads to the girls.  Hopefully this will prevent girls who are menstruating, losing 4-5 days of school each month.

Our friend Margaret, a nurse who manages the Fistula Hospital in the capital city of Lilongwe, comes regularly to the school to talk to the girls and mums on issues of health and menstruation. Two of our mums who were identified by Margaret in September 2015 of having a Fistula condition, had surgery and are back living happily in the village.

Unfortunately, this is a practice embedded in African Culture.  Many of our girls are affected by this but we are however, making some progress in attitudes and in re-educating of the youngsters involved.  Drought and pressures on family life can often be alleviated by early arranged marriages of daughters.

In partnership with Mary’s Meals, all children receive a nutritious daily meal in their place of learning.  The mug of fortified porridge – likuni phala, a maize porridge, is often the only meal a child will receive in any given day.

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In June 2019 we were delighted to hand over an ambulance to the community of Chiluzi. Up until then women walked to the maternity hospital to give birth. This took approximately 3.5 to 4 hours and often led to a birth by the roadside, sometimes leading to the death of the baby, mother or both. Th journey by ambulance will take 20 minutes. At the discretion of Kelvin and Humphrey the driver the ambulance can also be used for emergencies.


Community

Malawi is a landlocked country in South East Africa and was formally known as Nyasaland during the British Empire days.

It is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Facts

Population         16.8 million (estimated)
Area                  118,484 sq km
                           45,747 sq miles
Capital            Lilongwe
Major Languages    English, Chichewa (both official)
Major Religions        Christianity, Islam
Life Expectancy        Men – 55 years
                                       Women – 55 years
Currency         Malawian Kwacha
President         Peter Mutharika

The rural environment where the school is located has a conurbation of circa 100,000 people.

The village and surrounding environment are controlled by a chief and village head men, with the overall Chief Chiluzi being responsible for approximately 7000 families.

The economy within the village is entirely based on subsistence farming with 2 main crops of maize and Irish potatoes.

We attracted teachers to the school by the provision of benefits, for example a bicycle.  Teachers who don’t live in the village often have long journeys to and from the school.  We currently have 17 teacher’s houses on the campus.

Malawi is among the world’s least developed countries.  The economy is heavily based on agriculture with 85% of the population living in rural areas.

The government faces significant challenges around building the economy, improving education, healthcare and environmental protection.  It depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs.  The country has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality.  There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.  The country is also nicknamed ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.

Language Development

Over the last 10 years we have established adult literacy classes on four afternoons per week with almost 50 parents attending.

English conversation classes are also available to members of the community and our older pupils can also attend.

We have engaged significantly with the community through the construct of committees such as PTA, School Council and our relationship with the Chief and Village Heads is extremely important in a number of ways such as to request:-

  • Permission to construct buildings on community land to improve the infrastructure of the campus attendance at school.

  • Support on discouraging / preventing early marriages.

Church

Within the campus there is a church and whilst we have no direct responsibilities for the upkeep of the church, it is an important Community asset and we have greatly improved the fabric of the building.

Trees

6000 trees have been planted since September 2012.  It is our intention to plant a further 1000 trees per year. This is an environmental initiative as the Community burn wood for the rocket stoves in the two Mary’s Meals kitchens.

It is our intention to plant a further 1500 trees this year.  It is our understanding that, at the current rate of deforestation, Malawi will have a serious crisis around wood from trees by 2030.

Community Nursery

On Wednesday 18th May 2016, Mama Nora’s Nursery School was formally opened in the village of Chiluzi.  One hundred children will attend this place of education 7:30 am – 11:30 am, five days per week.

The opening day was a day of great joy for all who live in the community and was attended by the nursery children, pupils from the primary school, teachers, village leaders, tribal chiefs, representatives from the Education Authority and the local church.

Harvest time

Harvesting crops of Irish potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, onions and cabbage from our very own school garden. (Pictures in garden above).


Chimwemee continues to make excellent progress on her prosthetic legs. The 500 miles clinic in Llinglongwe continue to monitor her progress.

Kelvin Galilea is the Health surveillance assistant who runs our antenatal / pre 5 Clinic

Kelvin Galilea is the Health surveillance assistant who runs our antenatal / pre 5 Clinic