Appeal target £80,000
BTIT would like to build a school in Malawi hopefully in partnership with Dedza Welfare Trust and Bilal Trust Malawi. The vision is to build a primary school which will accommodate approximately 350 – 400 children who have no access to education.
Bilal Trust Malawi runs teacher training programmes for young women who are looking to take this career path. Bilal Trust will supply the teachers to teach at this new school and Dedza Welfare Trust will ensure that the ongoing maintenance of the school is taken care of.
This School will be used as a Madrassah in the evening and will be used to teach Islamic studies to the students. The school complex will also have a purpose build Masjid to encourage Dawah work to continue and save the next generation from losing their deen. There is widespread Christian missionary work taking place in Malawi which has led many thousands to leave the fold of Islam.
The rough estimate of this project is £80,000. Inshallah we are hoping to undertake this project over the coming years with the help of Allah (SWT).
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. It is among the world’s least-developed countries. Life expectancy is less than 50 years old. Inequality is a huge problem, with the richest 20 per cent of the population using nearly half of all goods and services.
Population: Around 16 million people live in Malawi
Religion: Christian 82.7%, Muslim 13%, other 1.9%.
It also has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the region. Tens of thousands of Malawians die of Aids every year. After years of silence, the authorities spoke out about the crisis. A programme to tackle HIV-Aids was launched in 2004, with President Muluzi revealing that his brother had died from the disease.
Most primary schools in Malawi are very basic, lacking the most fundamental resources, including textbooks and basic teaching materials. Although many primary schools have brick classroom blocks, many students learn outside in temporary structures, making teaching impossible during the rainy season. It is extremely unusual for primary schools to have access to electricity.
Although the government of Malawi provides government-paid teachers, there are rarely enough teachers for each primary school, and often not even enough teachers for each school year class. For example in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi, the average student to teacher ratio for primary schools is 96:1, when the government of Malawi recommends 60:1 (and even this is very high!).
The shortage of teachers in Malawi is due to two main reasons. Firstly, there are not enough trained teachers who have completed all their necessary qualifications to go around, and, secondly, primary schools in Malawi must provide teachers’ houses to attract good teachers to their school. Teachers’ houses can be very expensive to build but, without them, it is impossible to attract new teachers to the area. (There are just 536 teachers’ houses for 1,500 teachers in the Nkhata Bay District between both primary and secondary school, meaning that roughly three teachers have to share one teacher’s house across the education sector in Nkhata Bay!)
|Masjid & Wudu Area||£22,000|
|Masjid Pit Latrines||£3,500|
|Staff WC & Shower||£2,000|
|Bore Hole with Hand Pump||£4,000|
We urge all brothers and sisters to donate towards our biggest ever ‘School in a Box’ project in Malawi-Africa.
Previous BTIT ‘School in a Box’ fundraiser
Previous BTIT School projects
Two fully and partially funded school projects in Baghdad Iraq and Muzaffarabad Pakistan