I’ve been in Malawi for 20 months and a majority of that time has been spent with high school students. These hardworking kids face unfair odds just to make it to school. They may come from families who would prefer they were working in the fields or married off at 14, or maybe they’re AIDS orphans living with an elderly relative. They walk an hour to reach a school with hot, overcrowded classrooms. They go the whole day without eating, as there is no lunch program. They sit and wait for teachers who frequently don’t show up, or simply give them notes in their second language. They do this all so that their senior year they can take a national exam, known as the MSCE, that will determine their future. These exams are not easy. You may remember how difficult it was for you to understand Romeo and Juliet- imagine doing that in a foreign language, while hungry, sitting on the floor, etc etc. Or being tested on a lab experiment in which your school has no science lab and you’ve never practiced an experiment before.
But! There is hope. Peace Corps Malawi education volunteers are organizing a national education camp for 80 of our hardworking, high achieving students, to give them that extra push they need to succeed. They are going to travel to the capital (many of them leaving the village for the first time) and have a week of classes in Bio, Chem, Physics, Math and English taught by PCVs. They will finally get to practice those lab experiments, learn about test taking skills, study strategies, career and higher ed opportunities, nutrition and health, creative expression and more.
I guarantee you that every piece of your contribution will make a difference in their lives. Please donate here: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=14-614-002
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