The Weald-Kanthenga Partnership has been strengthened further through the visit to Malawi over the October half-term break. David Pyle, Chris Taylor, Jon Elbra (ex-parent) and Emily Pyle (David’s daughter) enjoyed a productive period of ten days working on projects which will help to stimulate the learning of children in both schools. Jon Elbra was continuing with a project funded by St. George’s Church, Weald. Last year, in collaboration with men from the village, he constructed a church building with integral bell tower; on this occasion (ably assisted by Mr Taylor), he manufactured and fitted folding doors so that the space could be partitioned into two classrooms. Meanwhile, Emily and David were busy embedding this year’s Joint Curriculum Project which is focused on the role of story-telling in society and how it helps to define cultural identity. Much information and photographic/video evidence was gathered through life-histories, story-telling in lessons, conversations with chiefs and village elders and a visit to the local witch doctor.
We are planning a Malawi feedback evening in January 2018 so that parents and the wider community might be enlightened to very valuable connection between Weald and Kanthenga. A date will be issued shortly.
Left: Jon Elbra on the completion of the church bell tower.
Right: David Pyle & Chris Taylor with the family of Rodgers – the new headteacher at Kanthenga Primary School.