Namalo and Kumanda Nursery Schools, situated in rural areas outside the city of Blantyre, have been busy as we approach the festive season. As children attending the nurseries have never been to school before, they aren’t quite used to rules and staff are working hard to establish some routines.
This September, Kumanda Nursery School enrolled 9 new children and is still expecting more. With 12 having moved onto primary school in July, this brings the current total number of children to 55. They are taught by Lonnie and Miyamiko who have 17 and 9 years of teaching experience respectively.
They are taught by Ivy and Cathy who have 17 and 9 years of teaching experience respectively.
Attendance levels fell a little at the end of October as Southern Malawi was struck by a heatwave, with temperatures often in excess of 40°C. Kumala was worse hit since the area where it is situated, Chileka, is at a lower altitude (700m) than the Bangwe area.
Namalo Nursery was delighted to receive visits from both George Watson’s College in October and Verde Valley School in June. Pictured on the left, a student from George Watson’s College helps out at feeding time.
The daily meal of fortified porridge which children receive at the nurseries is very often their only meal of the day.
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