Whole-class Teaching Kits

Revolutionary technology for Malawi

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Previously, a typical lesson in a Malawi classroom consisted of a teacher writing the lesson onto a poorly maintained blackboard with a class size of up to 150 children and perhaps one or two textbooks available for a whole class.

Every time the subject or lesson changed, the teacher needed to write out the next lesson on the board. With the new Whole Class Teaching Kit, the lessons are available at the touch of a button on the tablet and the lessons can be projected onto a wall so that all of the children can both see and hear the lesson.

Electricity supply is very slowly making its way to all schools in Malawi, but the supply itself is very unreliable and so we have developed a kit that can utilize solar energy.

The Whole-class Teaching Kits consist of a car battery, solar panel, LED projector, Android tablet, Speakers, Control Box and a Wooden Storage Box. The control boxes contain a voltage regulator to control the charge to the battery and there is a step-up transformer as the projector runs on 19 volts.

Each kit costs in the region of £800.

The entire Malawi curriculum has been scanned and so all tablets now have the whole junior and secondary school curriculum installed on them.

We monitor the Whole-Class Teaching project usage through monthly reports sent by WhatsApp by each head teacher. There has been a direct correlation between the introduction of kits into the schools and an increase in attendance figure of students. There has also been a direct correlation between the introduction of kits placed in schools and exam results.

 

In one school’s case, pass rates increased from 27% to 65% in the first year.

 

Bwengu Projects is a small NGO run by Sue & Tony Melia together with their daughter Samantha and son-in-law Rob.

Each year we identify, fund raise and undertake various education and community projects in North Malawi.

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