Every educator and every parent knows the challenge of ensuring students are learning during quarantine. It’s no less challenging in Malawi, perhaps even more so. All schools were closed by the government earlier this year. The challenge is made more difficult in Malawi because there is little or no access to the internet.
So, what to do? Children still need to learn so that they don’t fall behind. Y-Malawi Partner, Fishers, Trainers and Senders (FTS), has the responsibility to train teachers in 16 schools. They came up with a creative plan.
Since the government is restricting the size of gatherings, including schools, FTS is bringing teachers together in small groups. In these small groups, teachers are receiving new teaching aids and instructions on how to teach children during these trying times. Teachers are being taught how to schedule small groups of students in each village. Then like a “Circuit Preacher,” teachers are traveling from village to village taking the classroom to directly to the students.
Meeting under trees, or wherever possible, they are assembling groups of 5 – 10 students at a time. The teachers are rotating between villages so that all students see a teacher on a regular basis. In this way, they can continue to learn. They can be encouraged through song, they can hear the Word of God in memory verses, and they can know that they are not alone in the world.
It’s just one more way that Y-Malawi Partners are demonstrating love and bringing change to the villages, and people of Malawi.