Nanthomba Full Primary School
Completed by HELP in 2008, Nanthomba Full Primary School has been selected by the District Education Manager’s Office as the best primary school out of 153 schools in the Balaka District.
The students at Nanthomba Primary School are predominantly orphans, children from local villages, and children of National Park employees. Originally starting with 320 students, Nanthomba now has, over 1000 primary school students to date. Along with the Ministry of Education, HELP assists three additional community schools (Kavunguti, Kafulafula, and Mlambe) with teacher aides serving over 3,000 students daily. Further, HELP provides teachers with stipends and training, which contribute to the upgraded educational standards of the facility and has recruited assistant teachers to address the shortage of teachers, due to the high enrollment in the four schools.
Room to grow in Education:
- It is estimated that only 71% of students make it as far as their last standard of Primary School. (UNESCO Institute for Statistics)
- Approximately 73% of Malawian Children continue their education into secondary school, reflecting the primary to secondary school transition rate
- Due to a high amount of students having to repeat standards, the gross enrollment rate for primary school is around 101%, while the net enrollment rate is only 77% (UNESCO, 2011)
Foundational knowledge and basic skills are learned through primary education. For most Malawians, primary education is the highest level of education they will receive. Therefore, it is crucial that these formative years are supported.
Led by strategic thinking and local input, our professional staff is committed to creating new learning strategies that will lead to greater academic engagement and retention of each of our primary school-aged learner alongside local self-sustainability and community empowerment.