All secondary education in Malawi is fee paying. 10 years ago, with no support or resources, three teachers, Sydney Simumba, Feston Singoyi and John Chaula were teaching children in the crumbling rooms of a local mosque.
Today Kunyanja School Private Secondary School is a thriving secondary school in a beautiful corner of Northern Malawi. From its origins with a few children in a tiny room and a few benches, today 300 children study on this site donated by the community, and nearly 100 adults in night school, in beautiful buildings built by local people with funding from hundreds of people in the UK through Masambiro and elsewhere.
Against the incredible odds of daily life, the inspiring staff and students have created a wonderful place of learning, and despite the ongoing challenges it is going from strength to strength. Today the school has a library, science labs, computers and a hall.
The school bursary scheme
Kunyanja Private Seconadary School was recognised as a not-for-profit entity in 2011 by the District Education Authority. It is committed to ensuring all children can access a secondary education and each year over 60 children have their school fees funded through a bursary scheme which is supported by Masambiro in the UK. These students are often orphaned or come from homes where there is not steady income to support a secondary education