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Expressive arts-part of Why Wait lessons

Expressive arts are part of the WHY WAIT lessons. This ensures that every learner has the opportunity to participate in the lessons and develop their God-given talents. The lessons are conducted in a relaxed manner.

The girl standing up is holding a clay modelled “man” and is explaining to her friend her understanding of how God made man. The lesson also demonstrates how man is different from other creatures. For other creatures God simply commanded that they be there but for man God made him and in His own image.

Health and hygiene

Why Wait lessons also tackle health and hygiene issues in a verypractical way. learners are assisted to discover the causes of problems and suggest solutions. in this way the learners “police” their actions even in the absence of the teacher. The two photos below show a class activity and the learners.

  
 

No learners’ books

Learners listening to a story read by the teacher from a Why Wait Teachers Manual. The learners have to listen and answer questions.
  

Currently, there are no learners’ books. Our intention is to provide learners with “Take home materials” on A4 paper. This will contain verses and key messages from the lessons.
Please consider supporting us financially so that we are able to do this for the over 17,000 learners that participate in the Why Wait programme.

The effectiveness of monitoring forms

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: 

The Lord’s prayer

 

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.

The glories of God

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The beautiful Mulanje mountain in Mulanje district where FLAEM is implementing the Why Wait programme. The mountain is 10,000 feet above sea level. It is also a source of many rivers (over 100). This is one of the glories of God that pupils learn in Why Wait.

Recent visit to Kambenje primary school

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.

No adequate classrooms

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.

The dangers of sexual relationships

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.

Surprise!

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.

Opening of the new academic year in Malawi

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.

Participants from Chambe zone

Participants from Maveya zone

Participants from Namphungo zone

Participants from Ulongwe zone