MOET School

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Welcome to MOET School – from Headmaster & Director,
Patterson Majonanga…

What is MOET School?

MOET is a community-based, co-educational day school for orphans and vulnerable children in the Mangochi district of Malawi by the lakeshore.  It provides not only primary school education but also practical skills training in a caring environment which respects all belief systems.

How did MOET School start?

MOET (Mangochi Orphans Education & Training) School started in 1999 with 10 orphans being taught under a grass shelter.

The school then got a grant from the Humanitarian Relief Fund to construct its first building.

Today there are 250 children and:

  • 8 classrooms
  • A library
  • An administration block
  • A kitchen
  • A water pipe and tank
  • A training block
  • A playground
  • Gardens for crops

MOET School has been registered as a Trust in Malawi since 2000

Director (Headmaster):
Patterson Majonanga

Chairman:
Professor M B Kwapata
(Principal of Bunda College, University of Malawi)

The school produces its own accounts every year.

A Typical Day at MOET School:

MOET follows the national curriculum so the timetable is varied, with English and Maths as core subjects.

In addition there are after school clubs available every Thursday in subjects such as debating, drama, sports, HIV/Aids awareness, wildlife and permaculture.

School days are Monday to Friday.

  • 7am:  Arrive at school and tidy up
  • 7.15 am: Assembly outside under the trees
  • 7.30 – 11.00 am:  Lessons for Standards (Years) 1 & 2
  • 7.30 – 12.30: Lessons for Standards 3 & 4
  • 7.30 – 13.40:  Lessons for Standards 5,6,7 & 8

N.B.  There is a staggered break of 10 minutes between 9.15am and 9.50am every morning, during which time the children are given their ‘nsima’ (maize porridge).

Come for a tour of the school:

Filmed some years ago by late friend of MOET School, Paul Gotterson

MOET School needs your help…

What MOET needs:

Funds to pay for basic costs:

  • Staff salaries
  • Books and stationery
  • Maize for children’s meals
  • Blankets and mosquito nets
  • Maintenance of school buildings
  • Transportation
  • Children’s clothes
  • Secondary school education for MOET graduates

Funds to pay for improvements:

  • Construction of any further necessary buildings
  • Equipment for Vocational Skills block
  • Equipment for sports activities
  • Library resources
  • Educational school trips

Doesn’t the government provide free primary education?

This is true but government-run primary school class sizes are very large (around 100 pupils) and it is invariably the orphans who slip through the net and drop out – exactly the ones who need help and support most.

The emotional trauma for children who have lost one or both parents is usually compounded by physical and social deprivation – inadequate food, water, sanitation, health and education.

We believe the best strategy for sustaining the lives of these children is by giving them an education with supportive guardian involvement and training to equip them with the skills to help them when they leave school.

In what way is the MOET school ‘sustainable’?

MOET is partially self-sustaining and this is significant in a country which is one of the poorest in the world.  By producing and selling its own goods in the local community the school is reducing the amount of dependency on donations from outside.