On Oct 17, 2014 a devastating storm with winds of 55-74 MPH & hail the size of golf balls devastated the school tearing off most of the roofs, destroying the playground, ripping down the fences, tumbling down a brick wall, and drenching all the books in the library leaving most unusable. We urgently need your help to fix the damage and get the school back up and running. The total cost of repairs is estimated at $15k. We have raised $5k through stalwart donors, but are still in need of $10k.
Although the library, computer lab and new construction took a large beating, we need to look on the positive side of the situation.
No one was hurt. Children were at home, and the teachers managed to shelter.
Most of the laptops are safe and some books were saved. The teachers worked hard at rescuing books and laptops. You can see them drying out here:
Disruption to classes is minimal. Children were able to attend school the next week. They no longer have a library, books or computer lab, but teachers and students are doing very well learning with what they have.
Time, energy and finances will be needed to rebuild. Work has already started on cleaning up the damage, and the school has started thinking about how to fix the roof in a way to stop this from happening again. Please consider donating to help the school rebuild.
Beehive currently teaches students from age 4 to 13 in 8 grades, kindergarten, and standards 1 through 7. Beehive Schools uses international level pupil-centered curriculum and follows UK/US lines of education to help halt the increasing deterioration in standards in the government and private schools in Malawi. Education of the whole child is encouraged, with activities and topics that are relevant and interesting. Social, moral, spiritual, and physical development are fostered, as well as a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and science.
We encourages children to be creative. Creativity is hugely lacking in other schools in the country, but teachers and parents at BeeHive understand the importance of creativity. Children enjoy drawing, painting, performing, and creative writing.
Beehive School takes field trips to local industries. They learn about coffee at Polly’s Coffee Shop and tea at Kawalazi tea plantation. visited the water board dam and have seen dinosaur fossils at Karonga Museum.
Children have breaks in the day where they are allowed to play in the playground. PE lessons are scheduled a few times a week, where children play supervised sports activities, learning how to work in teams and well as healthy habits and hand-eye coordination. The school has a few ‘fun’ days throughout the year, including a ‘water’ day which is basically a huge water fight!
Beehive School encourages parents to be part of the child’s education. It has an active PTA that meets regularly and is involved in school decisions, including homework policies. Reports track student’s performance, and teacher-parent interviews keep parents up to date with their child’s progress. Open days let parents come and see their child’s work and meet other parents and students.
Students LOVE the BeeHive library! Classes use the library for sustained silent reading, story time, and to browse and check out books to read and share with their family at home.
The school just got a new computer lab this summer. Teachers have been learning how to teach effectively with the computers. Most students and teachers do not have computers at home, so this is their only opportunity to learn how to use computers.