Building Malawi has established the largest sports facility in Malawi in the capital city, Lilongwe. Named Lingadzi Academy by the children that play there every day this project is the current focus of Building Malawi and all the money that you raise or donate will be spent on this project.
The 22 acre site features a library (run by the National Library Service of Malawi), 4 football pitches, a pavillion structure, playground, 1 hard court netball court (named Grace's Netball Court). There is also a large building adjacent that is used for teaching. In future we plan to build a school.
Swiss charity Play Football Malawi operate a very well managed and successful community football academy. They have 7 squads (boys and girls between 8-18 years old) totalling 160 children. They provide coaching to the children 4 times a week with the aim to help physically (PFM provide fruit, eggs and milk), acdemically (through educational support) and technically (through sports coaching.
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Please watch the video below and see hundreds of kids having a great time! Then scroll down to learn more.
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We are extremely excited about what is by far our most ambitious project yet. The project is the first of it's kind in Malawi. It will bring together a primary school, secondary school, top quality sports facilities, an HIV testing centre, a library and computer cluster, an agricultural development centre and a sports development centre all on a single campus within the city boundary.
The primary and secondary schools will deliver the conventional Malawian syllabus but the pupils will also benefit from extensive sports education, agriculture education and HIV/ AIDS awareness education, as well as access to computers and a library.
The school will become a centre for sport in Lilongwe. On the weekends the school fields will become home to leagues that will give thousands of children from the city an opportunity to play their favourite sport on a regular basis. The sports development centre will employ a body of coaching staff that will be trained, equipped and dispatched to schools across the city. Alongside teaching the city's youth effective sporting techniques they will also promote HIV/AIDS awareness. There is the potential for a coaching staff of 25 to educate thousands of children in Lilongwe.
The sports facilities will include football pitches, netball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a gym, a running track and an area for field events. There will also be a pavilion for changing and showering. With the right staff and a lot of enthusiasm this scheme has the potential to yield a host of athletes able to compete for Malawi at international level.
Initially the academy will have 4 Secondary classrooms, one for each form, and 8 primary classrooms. These classrooms - as well as all the other school buildings - are going to be top quality to ensure an excellent, lasting learning environment; they are more spacious and have more natural light than typical classrooms, assisting in pupil learning and development. There will be a library block which also has a computer cluster to equip the pupils with all the skills and knowledge they will need in the modern world. The school will also boast laboratories for science, design and technology, and home economics.
The school will also have the possibility to make money through private computer lessons, private sports coaching sessions, use of its facillities and through private donations. This money will be reinvested in the centre, to ensure its continued development year on year. Contact Building Malawi here to learn more
Friday 14th December 2012
Hi everyone, Building Malawi has been extremely fortunate to welcome many visitors and volunteers to Lingadzi Academy in Malawi. These wonderful folk have posted photos to our Facebook Page. Please check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/BuildingMalawi/photos_stream Be sure to like us on Facebook too! We would love it if you could visit Lingadzi Academy. We do not charge our volunteers. For more information check out our Volunteers page here: http://www.buildingmalawi.com/volunteer.html Best wishes from the entire team at Building Malawi! [caption id="attachment_103" align="alignnone" width="301" caption="Kids at Lingadzi Academy earlier this year"][/caption]
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