The normal school year in Malawi is the same as in the UK. Because of the Covid situation, schools in Malawi were closed between March and September. They re-opened and carried out the missing third term (Easter to July) of the school year between September and December. The final year Form 4 students returned to school at the beginning of January to sit the school leaving exam. They will leave after doing this. Other students, including new starters in Form 1 will come to school at the beginning of February. The school year will have three shorter terms and two-week holidays and will finish at the end of Sept. The following school year will start a bit late in October but then return to normal dates.
We have sent money for bursaries for the first term beginning in February. The Social Welfare Department of Dedza District Council will confirm that existing recipients have returned, will choose new recipients and will pay the school fees and, where required, exam fees to the schools. When we have information from them I will pass it on to you.
Dedza partnership Norfolk hope to visit Malawi this year. We have assisted schools to obtain funding from the British Council for a reciprocal visit by 10 teachers. We are not sure when this will take place because of the Covid situation. We should be able to visit the Dedza schools and obtain more information about the bursary recipients.
The girls you are supporting are as follows –
One is at Umbwi Secondary School in Dedza Township. Will be in Form 4 this year and will take her school leaving exams.
One is at Salima Secondary School which is just over the border in another district near Lake Malawi. She was at Mua School for Deaf Children (also near the Lake) and so will be profoundly deaf. The secondary school may be a convenient location for her. She will be in Form 2 this year.
One is at Mphunzi Secondary School, which is near to Dedza Township. She will be in Form 2 this year.