The Projects


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MOET School is more than just a primary school ….

The projects outlined here which the school is committed to make it truly unique and enriches the lives of all those involved.

Vocational Skills

As well as providing elementary education, MOET School encourages children to use locally available resources to sustain their lives e.g. growing crops, keeping poultry, sewing clothes, welding, carpentry, basket-making, cooking.  A Life Skills Block has been built to support this training, the school urgently needs extra funds to purchase equipment.

Guardian involvement

The school invites the guardians of the pupils from the villages, thereby bringing education to the local community.

  • HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Permaculture/Environment
  • Bereavement Counselling
    (through the District Social Welfare Dept)

Links with Schools overseas:

Linking with MOET school fits in well with the 5 outcomes from the ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative, which are universal ambitions for every child and young person, whatever their background or circumstances.

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Achieve economic wellbeing
  • Make a positive contribution

By getting involved with MOET School, awareness amongst children of the importance of all the above is raised.

Over the years a number of schools have shown their support for the school in a variety of ways from sending clothes (uniforms, clothes) and sports equipment to raising money through cake sales, donations from teachers/parents and even a music concert.

For information on how your school can get involved, please see the How to Help page or email

Volunteers and Visitors:

Throughout the year MOET School hosts various volunteers and visitors who bring their own special skills to the school for anything from one week to one year.

Anyone wishing to visit the school to learn about teaching techniques, sports enjoyed, singing and gardening and/or permaculture and natural medicine are very welcome.

Accommodation is available nearby at a reasonable rate.

Please email if you are interested and look at our Volunteers section on the News page for first-hand accounts.

Please also see the News Page for the latest updates on all these projects.

The Outreach Program


What is Permaculture?

The word ‘permaculture’ comes from ‘permanent agriculture’ and ‘permanent culture’ – it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.

MOET School has offered school and community permaculture training to orphans and vulnerable children, guardians and other Community Based Organisations (CBOs) since 2005.

Training includes: organic farming techniques, nutrition and household food security and environmental education, which involves:

  • Recycling of resources and composting
  • Designing organic gardens for households, schools and communities
  • Techniques such as water harvesting
  • Establishment of multi-purpose tree seedling nurseries

MOET School has achieved much in this area:

  • Patterson Majonanga (Headmaster & Director) represented Malawi at the World Permaculture Conference in 2007
  • MOET School has been awarded the prize of the most improved permaculture site from  all of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi at the World Permaculture Conference held in Malawi in November 2009.

Action for Natural Medicine (ANAMED)

This encourages the use of locally available resources to produce different medicines, which can treat a variety of ailments.

This project is fundamental to sustaining health where the average family cannot afford to visit the very expensive local clinic.

Training is offered to communities covering the following areas:

  • Designing medicinal gardens
  • Identification of medicinal plants
  • Production and preservation of medicines
  • Recipes and dosages
  • Labelling

Permaculture and ANAMED were first introduced at MOET in 2001 and 2003 respectively.  In 2005 one employee was fully trained to train others.  The two programs were combined into one program called the Outreach Program.

Overall this involves training guardians and communities the importance of conserving and the use of natural resources wisely to prevent and ease some of the simple problems faced by the poor rural masses in tropical regions.  Organic farming techniques and the use of natural herbal medicine is encouraged to reduce the overdependence of chemical, mono-cropping agriculture and western medicine.  As a centre for this Outreach Program MOET school needs to intensify water harvesting campaign and buy more equipment.