At YWAM Blantyre, we believe that education is a major priority and that God desires children to have the opportunity to grow and learn. In Proverbs, it tells us to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart far from it. Parenting plays the biggest part in helping children become men and women of God but it is the job of schools and educational establishments to support parents in this role and empower children to grow in their knowledge and understanding.
We are excited to be launching into a new phase in our education ministry. In the past, we have run sessions in local schools and discipled groups of young people through lunch-time clubs and outreach sessions. However, our passion is to see Christian education become central to the communities where we work and we are excited to have two opportunities to build schools that will impact Blantyre.
The first school will be built in Chiwya, about three kilometers from our base. We have a number of staff from this area and have been involved in outreach to the community there for many years. The government has planned for a school to be built in the community and so we are planning to build within the next two years. The school plans have been started, we are applying for the land and 10% of the build cost has already been raised.
The second school will be built in Machinjiri, a new focus area for YWAM Blantyre. The land has already be made available by the local council and the Otto Family will be taking possession of the property shortly. The Otto’s have had a passion for education for many years and have been pushing this project before they chose to become part of the YWAM family. We are excited to join them in this vision. Building will start over the next year, making it likely that both schools will be completed and open for students during 2018.
The University of the Nations, YWAM’s University, has an education department that has developed a curriculum for use in Africa and we will be taking this and aligning with the government’s curriculum for Malawi in both schools. The schools will be run by a board made up of both YWAM staff and community members, allowing us to influence the direction of the school but still meet the needs of the people that they serve.