It seemed appropriate to celebrate all these achievements and on October 3,
2014 the school held an anniversary celebration. Mr. M.B. Hara and the Rev.
Lloyd Tembo , the two men credited with having the dream of such a school
and making it come true, were there, making the day extra-special. They spoke
about the need for education and especially for education of special needs
students, including the deaf, reminding those in attendance that, until the
Embangweni School for Hard of Hearing was begun, deaf students had to travel
to the Blantyre area to receive education. This distance prevented many from
going to school. The school at Embangweni, and its sister school now begun
at Karonga, have made it easier for learners in the north to receive an
|2014 marked the 20th Anniversary for the Embangweni
School for the Hard of Hearing. Since it began in 1994, the school has grown
from 19 students and 5 teachers to 198 students and faculty of
15 in 2014. Each year the school has several students admitted to secondary school;
many of them have completed 2 or more years and one has gone on to complete
teacher training and is teaching at the Bandawe School for Deaf.
Rev. Lloyd Tembo
Mr. M.B. Hara greeting Carol Nussbaumer
|Also attending the 20th anniversary celebration were
former teachers and students. Mr. M.B. Hara served as a volunteer teacher
when the school first opened. Former teacher and interim head teacher Mr. C.
Mondwe attended and apparently greatly enjoyed chatting with his former
students! Mr. Mondwe is currently head teacher at the Karonga School for the
Deaf. Mr. Maclon Zungu, formerly teaching at the school and now working at
the Mzuzu Resource Center for special needs also attended. Mr. E.G. Mtonga,
the first head teacher and now working in Zomba developing teaching
materials for special needs students, was unable to attend. Two former
students were able to attend: Fanny Singini (presently teaching at Bandawe
School for the Deaf) and Frank Gondwe .
Tom & Jocelyn Logan of Marion Medical Mission, who provided funds for the
first buildings and teacher houses, sent a letter of congratulation but were
unable to attend. In their place, members of the MMM shallow wells team came
and enjoyed the day.
20th Anniversary Celebration banner
There were additional
"red letter days" for the school during
the anniversary year of 2014, including on November 8, a donation of 140 mattresses from a Men's Guild
in Lilongwe. These were badly needed and much appreciated and also show that
awareness of the school and its success is spreading beyond the immediate area.
NATIONAL BANK OF MALAWI
|On October 16 the National Bank of Malawi sent most
of its staff to present a donation to the Vocational Education department.
The donation included new sewing machines, fabric and yarn for the Tailoring
program plus many tools and 100 wood planks for the Woodshop program. The
Bank makes a donation of this type to a school each year and learned about
Embangweni partly from the web site. They also brought representatives of
the media (MBC and Voice of Livingstonia), which increased the school's
Wood planks gift
Class 3 demonstrating e-readers to visitors
introduction of the Worldreader electronic reader program began when donors
in the Estes Park, Colorado area provided funds for 50 electronic readers .
These were purchased and downloaded with 100 books each. Mr. Jolia Mahemane
was named Project Manager and trained the teachers as well as students in
classes 3 through 9. Woodshop instructor Mr. Mzondi Longwe and his students
built a storage unit for the reader units which enables them to be kept
secure when not in use and also makes it easy to keep them charged.
Class 9 reading from e-readers and
Mr. Mahemane & Mr. Longwe with storage
October 23 the launch day was held. At the Launch event, The Right Rev. Dr.
T.P.K. Nyasulu, CCAP Education Secretary, formally handed over the e-readers
to the school and presented certificates of training completion to the
teachers. A Certificate of Participation was presented to the school as
well. Invited guests, including area headmen and heads of institutions as
well as some parents and the media, were treated to demonstrations of the
new e-readers by students in class 3 and in class 9. Everyone was suitably
impressed! The program is so successful that students in classes 1 and 2 are
also being trained and "e-reader"
time is now in the official timetable.
Rev. Nyasulu, Carol Nussbaumer, Mr. Hara, Mr. Massa with certificates
Night-time study in solar lit classroom
|During the summer of 2014, the school received a gift of solar lighting,
thanks to Mr. Richard Keller of Loveland, Colorado. Mr. Keller's church,
Mountain View Presbyterian, raised funds to pay for solar panels and lights
on one classroom block. These were installed and provide light to three
classrooms. The school is very proud to be able to offer a place for
students to study after dark. As students in Class 9 said after a prolonged
power outage: "The students at Loudon Primary ( a school for hearing
students nearby) had to give up studying and go home. We just turned on the
solar lights and kept learning."
Solar panels on classroom roof
2014 was indeed a banner year for the Embangweni School
for the Hard of Hearing! God willing, it will continue to prosper and serve deaf
Malawians for many years to come.