After a kayaking expedition went wrong back in 2016, Alex Hill (Co-Founder of The Chazuka Project) ended up in the Malawian fishing village of Chazuka. After a close call with mortality, Alex received an immense amount of warmth and hospitality from local people… So much so that he grew a great affinity for the place and ended up spending 6 months immersing himself in the community and learning the language, Chichewa.
One day he was sitting underneath a mango tree, teaching some children the alphabet and a young man approached and asked ‘Alex, can I be a teacher at your school?’ This was the moment from which the idea to build a school was born.
In Malawi, early years education is not financially supported by the government. Villages are encouraged to build their own nurseries in the form of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) but these are often under-resourced (if they exist at all) and run by volunteers who do not have access to quality training. Over the last 3 years, The Chazuka Project has supported the local community to build a nursery and we were delighted to officially open the doors to 25 excited children and 2 teachers on 25th February 2019.
The school belongs to the community and the role of The Chazuka Project is to provide operational, strategic and financial support. An in-country school committee has been formed and lessons are delivered by two fantastic and dedicated teachers: Teacher Ashia and Teacher Grace.
The aim of the school is to provide a holistic education for pupils. Literacy, numeracy, expressive arts and practical work are taught in equal measure, with enthusiasm and creativity.
Resilience and sustainability are at the heart of our ethos and the future of this project will see local children create a bright future for themselves.