SCHOOL TUITION SPONSORSHIP
One of Determined to Develop’s key projects is support for youth to attend school and further their education. This is because it is one of the most evident needs in the community, and the request we hear most often from families and young people. While primary school is free in Malawi, secondary school (high school in the US) is not. School fees are often unaffordable, and in the cases where a family is able to pay the fees, they may not be able to afford the associated costs of items such as pencils, notepads, uniform, and exam fees. With the cost of school being a large burden on a family’s income, often parents will only be able to send one child to secondary school (and boys are usually prioritized). In many cases, young Malawians never have the opportunity to experience secondary education.
D2D currently pays the school tuition fees of 245 high school students and has sponsored and put a total of 1,300 students through school since its inception.
Determined to Develop currently supports 16 students at college and university.
NURSERY SCHOOL SUPPORT
Determined to Develop has constructed two double classroom blocks at Tilipo and Phulano nursery schools for improved learning and performance. The organization is now in the process of building Luvilimbo nursery school and is assisting with the construction of a kitchen at Tilipo nursery school.
Determined to Develop provides support for local primary schools as well, having established latrines and built a kitchen at Sangilo primary school.
In total, Determined to Develop has supported the nursery education of 2,800 children.
EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
Technology Center: The D2D technology center is extremely special, providing rural Malawians the chance to learn how to use and operate a computer from within their villages. Housing 17 fully-functioning computers, the center offers lessons to locals of all ages which are facilitated by trained and certified Malawians who hold advanced diplomas in computer science. Over 430 hours of lessons have been given in the Determined to Develop technology center to 203 local primary school students, secondary school students, and community members who now know how to use and operate a computer in rural Malawi.
Animal Husbandry & Agriculture: Livestock breeding of chicken and goats, gardening, and agricultural programming
Environmental Education: Lessons on reforestation, permaculture and sustainable systems
Leadership Initiatives: Twice annually leadership workshops for sponsored youth on empowerment and effectiveness.
LOCAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
Determined to Develop aggressively supports its local high school, Khwawa Secondary School, having already electrified the whole campus and built two classrooms which are used by 400 students each day. Having also built latrines for girls at the school and contributed books and science equipment, the organization is now in the process of constructing a new kitchen to improve health and safety standards for students and staff members.
D2D supports local nursery, primary and secondary schools in all forms, from providing needed classroom materials such as books, science equipment and desks, to facilitating necessary construction and establishing new classroom blocks, latrines, and kitchens on the different school grounds.
WASAMBO EDUCATION FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP
Wasambo Boys High School: Determined to Develop commissioned a new boarding school for boys, which has established a national reach within its first year of inception. The school has given its first class of 75 Malawian youth a chance at a high-quality education led by an international faculty, combining a half Malawian and half Western-based staff. The number of students who attend Wasambo Boys High School will double in the school’s second year of operation and will continue to multiply in the years to come.
Wasambo Girls High School: Determined to Develop plans to construct an all-girls boarding school in the coming years.
Wasambo Technical College: Determined to Develop is currently pursuing the establishment of a technical college to increase technical education in the Northern Region of Malawi, and our catchment area in particular.
To learn more about Wasambo High School, please visit: wasambo.org