|Description of Project||
Malawi's educational system is burdened by a lack of resources and learning materials. Most seriously affected are Community Day Secondary Schools, which receive little government support and must get by on local school fees, which are never adequate. I was sent to a rural CDSS to teach science and mathematics. The teachers are reasonably qualified but lack the fundamentals in equipment and funding. I found they had a chemistry laboratory in a very bad state of repair. When I suggested we try to clean it up the response was very positive. I went in with dust mask and rubber gloves to remove some dangerous chemicals. Afterwards both students and staff contributed time and labor to further improve the lab. Due to this overwhelmingly positive response I suggested we try to refurbish the lab and make it fully functional.
This would greatly improve science education in this school. Now, it is strictly theoretical, with no hands on activity for students. A lab would give students greater understanding of scientific concepts and procedures.