The D2D campus is once again abuzz with the energy of its residential boys, who are home for the summer holiday. After completing final examinations, the 52 boys, excluding those who are still in session at university or on attachment (holding an internship), began returning to campus the week of July 15th. School report forms have begun to be released, containing favorable scores overall. Goodluck, a sponsored student at Wasambo Boys High School finished in position 2 out of 72 in his class and received 100% in his final chemistry exam, both noteworthy accomplishments!
Among D2D’s residential youth are eight form four (high school senior) finishers. Following their graduation ceremony, the form four boys sat for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE). This examination, lasting three weeks, is scored based on test-takers’ six best subjects. The test results play a substantial role in determining test-takers’ post-secondary educational paths, with high scores permitting enrollment in university or trade school. After receiving their MSCE results in October, the boys will meet with D2D mentors to discuss the subsequent steps in their educational careers.
To fight summer sluggishness and keep their minds sharp, the boys take part in peer-facilitated tutoring. This program allows the boys to practice their mentorship skills and help one another strengthen weaker subjects. A more formal tutoring program is in place for the primary youth, with a Hara Primary School teacher providing lessons on weekdays. It isn’t all work and no play for the residential boys, however. In their free time, they can usually be found playing beach soccer. The holiday highlight will be the annual week-long excursion in August, the location of which is a much-anticipated surprise. Previous destinations include Mount Mulanje and Likoma and Chidzumulu Islands. Until the primary and secondary boys return to school on September 10th, the D2D staff will enjoy the lively atmosphere the boys’ presence brings to campus.