The recent Inspired Learning Group headteacher trip to Malawi was a truly transformative experience for all involved.
Mrs Kishwar Ali, Headteacher at Essendene Lodge School, Mrs Jo Smith, Headteacher at Danesfield Manor School and Miss Clare King, Head at Westbury House School embarked on a journey filled with cultural immersion, educational exploration, and impactful collaborations. From the moment they set foot in Malawi, the headteachers were captivated by the warm hospitality and vibrant spirit of the local communities. They had the opportunity to visit schools in rural areas, witnessing firsthand the challenges and triumphs of education in the area.
“We have truly been touched and humbled by our visit to Msalura Primary School in Malawi. Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa but the country faces so many challenges including limited access to education. During our visit we engaged directly with all stakeholders and appreciated their sentiments and unwavering commitment to their school even with limited resources and facilities.
With the generosity of our school communities, we have raised funds to help them build a classroom block to enable the education of at least 240 more pupils. Additionally, we have provided essential items of clothing, uniform, educational supplies and helped to further support children with special educational needs. The children and staff were very grateful and appreciate the benefits of this partnership which has helped improve lives for so many pupils. For the past 12 years we have also supported the Gifted Girls Programme to ensure promising girls have access to secondary school education and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. At ILG we believe in the power of compassion and collective action to make a difference and improve life chances in one of the poorest country in Africa. We have been inspired by their resilience and will continue to work to further improve their school and empower them to create a school community where children thrive and have access to facilities and resources to thrive in school.” Mrs K Ali, Mrs J Smith and Miss C King.