Primary Teaching in Malawi
Teachers and students from the University of Bedfordshire are helping to transform the way education is delivered in a remote part of Malawi. Six tutors and 12 students give up their Easter break to pass on teaching skills in English, Maths, Science, PE and Life Skills to 150 primary teachers in the village of Dedza. School classes vary in size from 80 to 250 children. Everything is very basic; the teachers have a blackboard and chalk, and the children write with a stick in the sand. The aim of the project is to help teachers to make the most of the natural resources available to them with some creative workshops and practical teaching. Plans are underway to visit for a third time and work with the same teachers. This is part of a three-year project sponsored by the British Council to improve the training of primary teachers in an undeveloped part of Malawi.