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During a discussion on the effectiveness of monitoring forms for Why Wait with head teachers of Chambe zone, Mr. Alfonso, head teacher of Samson primary School, said that the monitoring forms have enabled him to see certain things that he never saw before the use of the forms. One of the things he mentioned is that through the forms he is able to determine the seriousness of his teachers. This is so because the teachers have to comment on each lesson. “The comment that each teacher writes down, tells me how serious they are in their work, not just Why Wait”, concluded Alfonso.
This is a very big encouragement. Why Wait is indeed contributing towards the improvement of delivery of lessons for a better teaching and learning environment.
Mr. Alfonso seated far left in white shirt:
Learners at one of the participating schools copying the Lord’s prayer so that they can memorize it. Memorizing some things is one of the important aspects of Why Wait. The Lord’s prayer is critical in character building.
During my recent visit to Kambenje primary school, I decided to check if the learners remembered what they learned in Why Wait during the last academic year. I took standard (grade) seven by surprise by asking them questions from the work they did in standard six. I was very surprised to see how much the learners retained.
Why Wait lessons are an important part of what the learners cover in their studies. As leader of the work, I am very happy and motivated to go an extra mile.
We are still looking for funds to enable us run a quiz competition. From what I saw at Kambenje, the quiz competition will be worth running. Please consider supporting this competition.
Most of the schools where FLAEM is running the Why Wait Programme have very big numbers of learners. Nogwe Primary schools is one of such schools. In this photo, standard five learners pose for a photo with their head who teaches Why Wait in the class. All these learners are crowded in one classroom because the school does not have adequate classrooms.
This school is one of the schools that is difficult to reach because of the road condition. During the rainy season the school is completely cut off. It is schools like this that FLAEM takes the challenge to reach out to.
By assisting FLAEM financially, you are reaching out to these wonderful boys and girls who are neglected.
This young man is a standard seven teacher at Namphungo Primary School. In one of the Why Wait lessons he talked about the dangers of sexual relationships. He says that he was surprised that the issue generated a lot of interest among the boys and girls. The situation forced him to go beyond the normal teaching time for the subject.
When classes were over for the day, three boys came to him to confess that they had sexual relationships with some girls but following the Why Wait lesson, they had decided to stop that immediately. According to the teacher, the class performance of the boys has improved greatly.
Why Wait is really bringing change in the lives of the learners.
Following the opening of the new academic year for schools in Malawi, FLAEM conducted review and planning meetings with head teachers and their deputies in the zones where the Why Wait programme is being implemented.
The meetings went well in all the four zones. It was encouraging to note that while teachers were not teaching in the schools because of the delay in payment of their October salaries they still decided to come for the FLAEM meetings. This is a clear indication that they take Why Wait seriously. FLAEM is thankful to the head teachers and their deputies. We cannot take their commitment for granted.
The meetings enabled the participants to share their successes and challenges in the previous academic year. One of the big plans agreed during the meetings is that a Quiz Competition will be organized. A district champion (school) will be declared in June 2015. To make the competition successful and motivate the learners, we need to give prizes. Currently FLAEM does not have the resources for this, Please help us to achieve this noble cause.
There could have been no better teachers to teach on "The Importance of Perseverance" to this standard five class at Nalipiri Primary School than the two lady teachers. The teachers are role models especially to the girls on the importance of perseverance. It is still a challenge for most girls to complete secondary school and proceed to college as these two ladies did.
FLAEM, through the Why Wait programme hopes to see increasing numbers of girls completing primary school, secondary school and college, and eventually get jobs. This is the best way of empowering the girl child.
A standard five girl at Kang’oma Catholic School reporting what her group had come up with on "The Importance of Rules".
Teachers of Namikhate School, a neighbouring school to Kang’oma, pleaded with Lloyd Khanyanga, FLAEM Director, to consider including the school in the programme. Namikhate School is not participating in the programme because FLAEM does not have the funds to include the school.
The Primary Education Advisor (PEA) for Maveya Zone (standing far right in blue shirt) and head teachers of the zone at a meeting discussing how to improve education in the zone.
One of the issues that was discussed on this day was how to improve the delivery of Why Wait lessons in their schools. The head teachers are central in the delivery of any programme in the schools. FLAEM enjoys a very good cooperation with the PEA and head teachers.
The PEA is one of the trained trainers of Why Wait. He is very passionate about the programme. FLAEM is thankful to the PEA and all teachers for their cooperation.