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Malawi - UK Linked Schools

Local schools in Salima and Kasungu have been linked with UK Schools as part of the British Council link programme.  Those included are as follows:

11 in Kasungu District:

Kaufipa, Thasa, Mkanakhoti, Kauyemba, Vazala, Sopani, Chikwawa, Boma, Kajendere, Chikomambuzi and Kanthenga.

34 in Salima District:

Mgoza, Chipoka 2, Kaphatenga, Chigombe, Chimbalanga, Kalonga, Kambwiri, Chimweta, Chitipi, Salima LEA, Mchoka, Salima Secondary, Kaputu, Simayiwa, Mtiya, Ngodzi, Chitiwiri, Thugulu, Chitala, Chikombola, Chikuluti, Maganga, Napache, Ngolowindo, Chimsolo, Katitima, Chiyembekezo (Chapsinja), Makande, Chiluwa II, Chipili ( Lilongwe ), Mtumbira, Naluva, Thavite and Msalura CDSS.

School construction projects funded and managed by Starfish Malawi as a result of the above links. 


Kaputu Primary School
Solar powered lighting (2014)
4 School blocks
1 Administration block
1 School Hall
3 Standard teacher’s houses
4 Double student’s toilets
1 Double staff toilet
1 Borehole

Simaewa Primary School
3 School blocks
2 Teacher’s houses
1 Borehole
3 Double toilets

Kalonga Primary School
1 Double Toilet

Msalura Primary School
4 Toilets Fencing around toilets
Electricity provision and computers

Chitiwiri Primary School
1 Teacher’s house
1 Library
1 Staffroom and installation of solar lighting in classroom
1 washing tub
Kitchen & Shelter
GATEWAY project
1 Toilet block

Mgoza Primary School
4 Toilets
1 Teacher’s house



Nthumbo Primary School
5 Toilets

Kaphirintiwa CDSS
1 Teacher’s house

Katitima Primary School
1 Teacher’s house
3 Double toilets
1 School block

Roofing of Church by Link School/Community

Kanongola Primary School
2 Teacher’s houses

Rain water harvesting done directly by link school (2013)

Thavite School
2 Double Toilets

Senga Bay Primary School
1 Toilet

Chipoka Secondary School
288 Beds for boarders
Computer suite

Mchepa Primary School
4 Toilets
1 School block roofing

Chiluwa II Primary School
1 Double toilet

Chilanga Primary School
1Double toilet


Chipoka II Primary School
1 Double toilet
School office
Afforestation project

Mtiya School
1 Double toilet

Napache Primary School
1 Teacher’s office
1 Teacher’s house
Farming Project
Sewing Project

Mkhula Primary School
1 Double toilet
Maintenance of 1 school block roofing

Chikombola School
1 Classroom
2 Double toilets

Salima LEA
3 Toilets blocks with 3, 4 and 3 rooms

Matenje Primary School
1 Double toilet

Chiyembekezo (Chapsinja) 
2 School block
2 Teachers Houses
1 Nursery School

3 Toilet blocks

Kambwiri Primary School
1 School block
1 Double toilet
1 office and storeroom


Secondary School Sponsorship

Secondary school education in Malawi is not free, so Starfish Malawi decided to introduce a Secondary Education Sponsorship Programme in 2005. So far 210 students have benefited from the scheme with 108 currently in the programme.

3 sponsored to attend Schools for the Deaf

120 sponsored students attending Secondary Schools in Kasungu and Salima Districts

And we have the following 3 students at university:

Isha Kazembe at University of Malawi, Polytechnic; Morton Sibale at University of Malawi, Chancellor College

Bahat Bakali at Lilongwe College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bunda

Goodluck Banda at Lilongwe College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bunda.

Also we have three students completing their teacher training.

We would like to thank the District Councillor and District Education Manager for the support given in mobilising the communities to participate in the developments for their local schools.

GATEWAY - Girls Access To Education

GATEWAY, is a programme established in 2012. Education is such a crucial thing, yet every month girls are absent due to not having adequate menstrual sanitary protection. Therefore we have groups of women here in Malawi at Chitiwiri school, Napache school and GTOC making the GATEWAY packs which consist of washable pads and knickers – giving comfort, confidence and dignity. We also have introduced the idea to some of the linked schools and soon will launch groups at Mchoka, Katitima, Chipoka II and Kajendere School.

There are over 60 girls on the starfish sponsorship programme, including those who are now out of the programme. All the adolescent girls at Chitiwiri and Napache are benefiting from the packs. In addition, at Chitiwiri, the programme has also reached out to the community whereby the groups making the packs sell those in excess to the community and use the money to help needy students at the schools.


Children's Clubs

Since 2006 we have been developing Childrens Clubs, now numbering 10 based in local schools (Chagunda School, Malapa School, Mtemeiti School, Katerela School, Ngolowindo School, Kaputu School, Simaewa School and Chikombola School), churches and orphan care centres. These centres welcome more than 1400 children who are interested to take part in our weekly activities.

We have 32 committed volunteers, both men and women who are working in these ten centres. They receive regular training in the areas of preparing and running the activities and also in personal Christian discipleship so that they are well-equipped to lead these clubs not only with stimulating activities, good bible teaching but also with a spiritual depth to really encourage a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  In fact approximately 600 children have now become Christians as a result of attending the programme, many from Muslim backgrounds.

9 centres: Kaputu School; Glad Tidings Orphan Care; Mkonkha (Chikombola School); Mtemeiti (Mtemeiti School); Katerela (Chagunda School); Chagunda (Chagunda School); Gaga; Malapa (Lungumadzi School); Malapa ( Lungumadzi School); and Msangu (Msangu Assemblies of God Church).


Children's Resources Container

Starfish Malawi arrange for the funding, collection and delivery of an annual container from the UK containing resources for the linked schools, orphan centres and nurseries – all those with whom we partner with.  These include educational books, educational equipment, school furniture and toys.


Christian Resource Library

 In February 2011 we opened a Christian resource library to be used by local pastors to assist them in theological study.  We have a good choice of excellent books donated from the UK and also offer the free use of computers with internet.  We now have 40 members and also provide pastoral training from time to time with visiting ministers from the UK.

Furthermore our teachers working with the Malawi linked schools are welcome to make use of the computers and internet connection in order to utilise the Starfish e-languages website to download and upload education material to be shared with the UK teachers for the shared curriculum programme.

Starfish Library has three active satellites to help pastor’s from different areas access biblical information from the books starfish provide with titles such as ‘Unlocking the Bible’, ‘Preaching through the Bible’.

These mini-libraries are based at Chipoka with 16 members; Thavite with 32 members and Matenje with 30 members – in total 78 pastors are benefiting from these resources – most of whom have not had the opportunity for any previous theological training.

At our library next to the Starfish office in central Salima, local students use our resources of school curriculum text books (such resources very scarce in the schools’ libraries), see photo below and also our link school teachers enjoy the use of our IT and internet centre to assist them in communicating with their partner schools.


Partnership in Kasungu District

We also work in partnership with the District Education Manager for Kasungu District and have developed a number of school links there, totalling 25.  Also we sponsor 29 secondary school students from Kasungu primary schools plus those wishing to continue into further training including teaching, journalism, driving, carpentry, etc.


Bible Explorers

Bible Explorer is an educational program currently being rolled out to 22 primary schools in the Salima District as part of the Bible knowledge curriculum. The BX presenter’s goal is to provide Bible knowledge through sharing the various stories to raise spiritual awareness and encourage good life choices for children of all faiths. The presenters use hand signs, story-telling and discuss how they can be applied to real life situations. So far the program has reached about 5,500 children.