We are proud of our connections with schools and colleges across the world and we value them enormously. Support from schools has made Open Arms what it is today, which means more children can be reached with life saving care and support for early child development.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Raise funds through a non-uniform day, bake sale, or event that fits with your school;
- Use our teaching resource to learn about Malawi and bring the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to life;
- Sponsor a child at our infant homes, or in a community nursery school, and follow progress through our updates.
School groups continue to be central to the Open Arms community and this year we were delighted to work with Ashville College, Kingswood School, George Watson College,Verde Valley and Queen Elizabeth’s School who have given tremendous support.
Spreading our news to students and parents has helped build Open Arms to what it is today. We are grateful for each and every individual who chooses to take time to share news from Malawi and champion our work to bring life changing benefits to children in Malawi.
Resources to support learning and fundraising
Teachers have an important job to do, so we have resources to make it simple to introduce what we do and how you can help.
Through sharing the story of Isaac, who was cared for when his mother was admitted for mental care, and given the right support and a new home so they could live together again, children can see the wonderful changes that happen when we help.
Our fundraising pack includes a presentation, ideas for school fundraising, and flyers so children can show what they are fundraising for.
Our education pack offers information, personal stories and activities which link across curriculum subjects. With lesson ideas centred on Malawi and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, this resource brings global citizenship values into the classroom.
If you want to connect your class or school with children in Malawi, we will work with you to make it rewarding for all involved.
Learn about Malawi, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of global citizenship, and find new ways to fundraise and become an Open Arms student ambassador with this pack. Together we can raise interest in how we can improve outcomes for children and give them a good start to school.Find out more
What teachers say
Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale “Our friends in Malawi are absolutely thriving, and we have gained so much, in so many ways. Raising funds has been a daunting task, but at the same time a real pleasure. The trick has been to mobilize the whole school community. Supermarket bag packing, quizzes, afternoon teas, sponsored walks, Christmas craft stalls, you name it, and we’ve done it!” Pete Weston
Stewarts Melville College, Edinburgh “We have seen that bringing the global dimension to Citizenship and lessons across the full breadth of the curriculum can enrich educational experiences and outcomes for young people, helping them to challenge stereotypes, respect cultural differences, and raise their global awareness.” - Gavin Park
You can read more about the support of Kingswood School and Downe House School in our blog. The head of Lancing College also gives a superb account of how the college supports Malawi.
We are inviting schools to learn about Malawi and join in to help. When everyone does a bit, it’s amazing what we can achieve.
Get in touch
Interested in talking about how your school can get involved?Contact us