Naphini Community Learning Centre (CLC) is located in Mlima village, Group Village Head (GVH) Mtogolo, Traditional Authority (T/A) Malemia, Domasi, Zomba. Its name comes from a tree called naphini in local language. With support from the Korea National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) under the Bridge Programme, the Centre has been providing learning opportunities to the people in surrounding villages since 2010. The local leadership and members of the community have been trained and they demonstrate strong ownership in the management of the Centre. Currently, 500 students are registered at Naphini Centre comprising 60 students at nursery level/early childhood development (ECD), 420 students for part-time (after-school class) for primary school level pupils and 20 learners studying in the adult literacy class. Naphini has the largest enrolment among the CLCs in the eight Bridge partner countries.
One of the activities undertaken in 2016/17 was the training for Naphini CLC Management Committee members in use of ICT. As part of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the management team of Naphini CLC in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a training course in computer was organised. Training content covered the following areas: Introduction to Computer Systems; Microsoft Windows XP and windows 7 and 8; Microsoft Office Word 2007, Excel 2007 and Power Point 2007; Internet and E-mails. At the end of the training, a laptop computer, a printer, and a solar power system were donated to Naphini CLC to enhance their use of ICT.
Mwera Bridge Project Community Learning Centre acts as a hub of community led education development activities. The Project was introduced to the area through Kumbira Tithandizane Association. Mwera Community Learning Centre is situated in Group Village Head Mwera’s village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Malili’s area in Lilongwe. The centre serves 13 villages. It began its activities in 2014 with an adult literacy programme based on the needs expressed by the community members. The Bridge Project has incorporated other existing initiatives at the centre such as a nursery school which was introduced and supported in the past by other development partners (i.e. UNICEF, Action Aid and World Vision International). Children attending early childhood development class are provided with morning porridge. The provision of this porridge has increased the attendance in the early childhood class from 40 to 120 children.
At present, there is a proposal to construct a cafeteria at the centre with funding support from the Korea National Commission raised from Hyundai Corporation. Currently, meals are prepared in a tiny kitchen of 10m by 2m space, making it difficult for hygienic, flexible and comfortable food preparation. The dishes are also kept in a small storage which does not have cupboards or shelves. The dishes are exposed to dust and flies which threatens the health of the children and everyone including the visitors who eat the food prepared at the centre.
Namiyango Community Learning Centre
Supported by the South Korea National Commission Bridge Programme
This Centre is located in Bangwe, Blantyre, Malawi, and has been providing learning opportunities primarily focusing on persons with disabilities since 2009. The centre is run by the Forum for the Development of Youth with Disabilities (FDYD) with the contribution of parents and community leaders and members.
In 2012, with technical and financial support from Korea National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), FDYD was registered and incorporated under the Trustees Incorporation Act of the Laws of Malawi. In 2013, FDYD acquired a piece of land with financial support from KNCU where the centre is now established. In 2014, FDYD developed a concept paper on the community learning centre with the help of a Project Assistant of the Bridge Malawi Project from South Korea. FDYD used the concept paper to raise funding support from well-wishers to construct the centre's initial building.
Under the Bridge Programme, the centre has provided civic education to parents of children with disabilities and community members, and has also provided training courses to teachers in surrounding schools on inclusive teaching. The courses were delivered by experts from the Catholic University.
Currently, 195 learners are registered. Out of these, 23 students are enrolled in Tailoring classes, 135 students in Afterschool classes and 37 students in computer classes.
Bangwe township where the Centre is located has many people with disabilities. The demand for learning opportunities for persons with special education needs is quite high. The number of learners registering at the centre is increasing at a rapid rate.
The BRIDGE Programme is a project of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), which is being implemented in a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Lesotho, Malawi, and South Africa. The programme seeks to reinforce and implement Education for All (EFA) activities at the grassroots level by utilising and revitalising local resources, with a primary emphasis on basic education, particularly literacy and functional literacy. The overall purpose of the programme is to develop the growth potential and self-reliance of the targeted communities by bridging continents, nations, cultures, organisations, and people.
1. To BRIDGE gaps by promoting basic education development, particularly literacy and functional literacy for children, youth and adults in marginalised areas of sub-Saharan Africa.
2. To BRIDGE knowledge and resources by mobilising local participation and empowering communities.
3. To BRIDGE the world network and foster global citizenship by encouraging community members to actively participate in the eradication of extreme poverty and the realisation of sustainable development.
The BRIDGE Project in Malawi
KNCU is committed to enhancing the quality of education in Malawi. Since 2010, the organization has actively applied the educational ideals of UNESCO to the Malawian situation through the BRIDGE Programme, a community-driven development programme with funding from Samsung Electronics and the Korean Ministry of Education.
The BRIDGE Programme reinforces Education for All (EFA) activities at the grassroots level by utilising and revitalising local resources to focus on primary education, especially literacy. By bridging people, nations and cultures, the BRIDGE Programme is helping the people of Malawi create an educational system that promotes self-reliance and maximises their potential for growth.