Dedication of a new classroom and a school garden at Chilinda, Mangochi

Answering to the traditional greeting "Salem Aleikum" the gathering calls out a warm hearted "Aleikum Salam". Here in eastern Malawi, especially in Chilinda village, Mangochi, Muslims make up 99% of the population. Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy, Kerstin Henke, on behalf of the embassy, handed over a new classroom, teacher office and school vegetable garden to the people of Chilinda on Friday the first of November.

Handover of footballs by Mrs. Kerstin Henke, German Embassy Lilongwe Enlarge image Handover of footballs by Mrs. Kerstin Henke, German Embassy Lilongwe (© Liman Mawanda) Both facilities have been created through cooperation between theJuniorPrimary Schoolin Chilinda and the German NGO "Travelling Workschool Scholen". Directing its efforts towards helping truants to return to school and graduate inGermany, the NGO runs a programme which, - among other aspects - includes a working stay of some weeks in an African Country.Malawi has been one of the destinations for 10 -12 years.


In Chilinda 12 German students and 8 teachers and tutors worked closely with their Malawian colleagues to erect the classroom. Additionally desks and chairs were produced for the pupils and a school garden was designed. Prior to the project, lessons for the 1100 pupils partly took place under a large Baobab tree and in an adjacent dilapidated building. Now 400 of the pupils who are in standard two have access to the new classroom as they will be teached in two shifts.

In order to enhance the school’s attractiveness to the pupils the German Embassy has donated several footballs to the school. After all, Malawi and Germanyequally subscribe to the "football-mania".

Dedication of a new classroom and a school garden at Chilinda, Mangochi

Speech during the inauguration of the new classroom