Mkanakhoti School is a located in the northern part of Kasungu district in Malawi. There are nine teachers at the school. It is a government school but with a local school management committee that assists the Headteacher in the day to day running of the school. The whole school management structure consists of the School Committee, PTA (Parents Teachers Association) then on professional matters the Head teacher reports to the District Education Manager.
Like other primary schools in Malawi, Mkanakhoti School teaches the following subjects: English, Maths, Religious Education, General Studies, Agriculture, Home economics and Science.
Benefits of the Link
The successful partnership between Holy Trinity and Mkanakhoti:
- Enables the sharing of experiences about education between the two schools
- Greatly assists children to understand the wider world after learning about the life of their peers
- Enables teachers to enhance their professional skills through dialogue and interaction with fellow teachers
At least once a year, a container is sent out to Malawi. Holy Trinity regularly sends out much needed supplies of stationery and clothing. If you have anything you would like to donate, please speak to the School Office.
To help everyone remember how important it is to wash your hands the correct way and to remind them when to wash their hands, the whole school designed posters with the help of their family for homework. The posters are based on the words of our handwashing song plus all the work we have done recently to teach the school community about good health and hygiene. We have shared the posters with our link school, Mkanakhoti.
Latest News from Malawi
Today, Thursday 15th October 2020, is Global Handwashing Day and all the UK and Malawian Schools which are part of Starfish Malawi have been reflecting on the importance of handwashing and the challenges faced by communities where water and soap are not easily accessible. Starfish Malawi have been instrumental in providing handwashing facilities in many communities and children and staff at Mkanakhoti School are fortunate in having a borehole right next to the school from which they can transport water in buckets to facilitate handwashing. The new classroom block now has a roof, paid for by your generous sponsorship when Holy Trinity children did a sponsored bounce in June 2019. The final part of the building process, installing a concrete floor, is currently taking place so the classrooms will be ready to use soon. The classrooms will be used by Standards 1 and 2 (the equivalent of our Year 1 and 2) because each of those year groups has so many children that previously half of each class had to work outside under a tree. Children in Malawi are having a phased return to school and just like schools in England, they have staggered start and finish times. Cases of coronavirus are not as prevalent in Malawi as in the UK.
November 2020 Update:
We are delighted that the roof and floor are now finished on the new classrooms at Mkanakhoti School in time for the rainy season. The classrooms will provide much needed shelter for the Year 1 and Year 2 children whose classes are so big that only half the class fits into the classroom and the other half used to have lessons outside under a tree. Due to coronavirus, there is staggered attendance at school so the new classrooms are currently being used by Year 1 and Year 2 on one day and then Year 3 and Year 4 the next day.
Here is a message from one of the local chiefs:
Let me take this opportunity on behalf of the children, teachers, chiefs, school management committee and all other stake holders to thank Holy Trinity for this wonderful contribution. May the relationship grow from strength to strength for the mutual benefit of the two schools.