- Leo Buscaglia
Mpemba Library, the first library built has been in operation now for three years and the stories that have come out of the library are pretty special. Nearly every child we have interviewed and spoken to has said how much the library has been a huge part of their achievements, in gaining grades, passing into secondary school and giving them better English and understanding of life and themselves.
And its not just the children telling us, last years leavers results for Mpemba school were phenominal. Mpemba primary, in all honesty, is already the highest acheiveing school in Nankhumba zome and has been for quite a number of years. But last year it not only came out on top for results in Nankhumba Zone, but over many other zones in the area as well! Nankumba Zone as a whole produced more scholars going onto district and national secondary schools than all other Zones in Blantyre Rural combined. This has largely been put down to the libraries in Nankhumba and especially at Mpmeba primary where the library has been present the longest.
To say we are proud of the learners and teachers is an understatement!
Ovakia, Mike and John were some of our Nankhumba Students selected to National and District secondary schools last year. They all have a few things in common, they have schooled at Mpemba primary since they were 6 years old. They all come from tough backgrounds and have spent more hours walking to school than they care to calculate, and before school porridge didn't always have a good daily meal. But one thing they had was a library in the middle of rural Malawi. They all studied after hours at the library, they used the MIE Malawi curriculum books to study for exams.
John said to us “ I studied hard and used the library a lot, nothing can now disturb my desire to learn and become an architect”. They read about science, physics, biology and enjoyed learning. They credit the library in their school… They are now on our scholarship programme and they are topping their classes in secondary school, we are keen to see where these young minds will go!