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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.
One of the things that Why Wait is commended for by many teachers is that during the lessons boys and girls participate equally (usually girls are shy and rarely take part in situations that require individual involvement). Here a girl takes the challenge of reading a story from the teacher’s manual. This is in standard five where the learners start having all the lessons in English.
By teaching the learners that “each one of us is special“, the learners compete to show how special they are.
The garden was established with the intention of encouraging the learners to have small vegetable gardens at their homes as a way of “Caring for the environment” which is one of the lessons in standard five.
With such vegetable beds it is easier to make the surroundings clean and have rich meals.
Why Wait encourages learners to exploit their talents. In this photo a girl is moulding what the teacher is reading from the manual. Teachers are advised to encourage the learners by giving them all the necessary attention. The girl is enjoying what she is doing as both the teachers and classmates give her all the attention.
Alinafe Alick is in standard seven at Namphungo Primary School. Over the years, his parents had to take him to school and back home every day as he uses a wheel chair. Following the introduction of Why Wait, his classmates agreed to relieve the parents of Alinafe of this task. They now take turns to take him to school and back home everyday. The classmates have done this because Why Wait lessons teach them to find ways of putting into practice what they learn.
In this particular case they are showing their love to Alinafe and showing him that he too is special and not a nobody. Because Alinafe feels loved, he participates fully in all activities in his class. In this photo Alinafe joins the class in singing during a Why Wait class. God is using the lessons to change things!