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Meet our new teacher

James Aristarko Banda is one of the new teachers at Andiamo Secondary School. A holder of Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious studies and also a specialist teacher for the deaf.

James Banda: we can help to boast up Andiamo Campus

1. Who is James Aristarko Banda?
I was born on 17th August 1958. I am a married man with two sons: one is at Zomba Theological College and the other one at Chilangoma Teachers Training College. I joined teaching in 1984 and I have been teaching for more than 16 years now. 

2. What made you choose this career?
At first I joined the Medical training as a medical assistant in 1981. After studying for 2 years, I lost interest in Medical theory and my interest went to teaching. In 1982 I went to Lilongwe Teachers Training College. 

My interest in teaching is big. I like working with young people and I also enjoy very much to see that a student is able to do something from a low level to a higher level.

3. What made you come here at Andiamo Secondary School?
I retired on 31st August, 2011 as a civil servant but I was really interested with the place and the way education is being handled here.

4. Which subjects are you teaching and what can you say about the campus?
I am teaching Bible Knowledge and Life skills. To talk about the campus, the school has got a very good environment for learners. As an experienced teacher, the way I have seen the environment here, learners can achieve a lot if we can maintain the standards as they are.

Classes are spacious enough, the administration itself is really eager to help the children and the teachers themselves the way I have seen is a hardworking team with the aim of helping child to do well.

5. You have taught in several schools in Malawi, what is your experience in teaching? 
My experience is quite big because I started as a primary school teacher. I was a headmaster at Mua and Mary View Schools for the deaf. 

There are a lot of challenges in teaching and most of the times the challenge can come in when your students are not doing well and you meet a lot of criticism but when they are doing well you are impressed.

6. What is the secret behind your success?
The fear of God, one has to be a devoted Christian, follow Christian standards and from there you see yourself progressing in life. 

7. What can be your advice to your fellow teachers?
We have to be dedicated, work hard and plan our work for the day with the aim of helping the child. With that we can help to boust up Andiamo Campus.

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Lettera da p.Mario

Dal Malawi ciao a tutti, studenti e professori.

Il mio ricordo di Viggiano è ancora molto vivo, per la vostra accoglienza e partecipazione attiva e preziosa alla festa indimenticabile con l’Alleluya band.
La serata è stata molto bella, perché ben preparata e perché siete stati capaci di mettere del vostro, in tempo e generosità.

La vostra comunità ha mostrato il suo volto giovane, grazie alla grande partecipazione di voi giovani, che avete coinvolto le famiglie e le istituzioni, con la presenza espressiva del vostro capo villaggio, il sindaco.

Bravo and keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!

Il mondo di oggi e di domani sarà come lo costruiamo noi, piccoli e grandi nelle nostre comunità e solo così potremo dare un volto più umano al presente e al futuro di tutta l’umanità che deve essere la famiglia a dimensioni planetarie.

Il Malawi, come tante altre nazioni dell’Africa, sta vivendo un momento difficile ma carico di speranza che costa però sacrificio, come dice Gesù:
“Se il seme non cade in terra e non muore non porta frutto, ma se muore porta frutti abbondanti”.

Giustizia, superamento della disparità, riconciliazione, sviluppo sociale, amore solidale, fraternità senza confini sono i frutti che dobbiamo seminare, coltivare, far maturare e raccogliere in abbondanza per tutti, vicini e lontani.
Insieme al vostro impegno per lo studio, continuate a tenere il vostro cuore aperto agli altri, anche al Malawi, ai suoi bambini e giovani in particolare.

Il mese scorso abbiamo vissuto un’ esperienza molto bella qui a Balaka con 10 giovani di Rosignano e spero che anche voi possiate sognare, preparare e vivere qualche giorno in Malawi e segnare così profondamente la vostra vita.

Grazie per il progetto a favore degli ragazzi della nostra scuola secondaria,
grazie per la partecipazione al progetto della casa dei bambini di strada,
grazie per il vostro impegno nella costruzione della scuola materna a Kapandatsitsi,
grazie per il trattore che sostiene l’agricoltura della Cooperativa Andiamo,
grazie per il vostro cuore che batte il ritmo della solidarietà fraterna
e con l’Alleluya band canta ad alta voce LA VITA CON GIOIA.

Saluti cari e auguri di bene a tutti nel Signore della vita.

Di cuore vostro

p. Mario

Like mother like son

Vincenzo Lezzi, a son to Marisa Lezzi, a doctor who has been visiting Malawi for several times with her friends from the Community of Viggiano, has sacrificed half of his bursary to support one of the students at Andiamo Secondary School.

Vincenzo Lezzi

Marisa and the community of Viggiano support 11 students at Andiamo secondary School. There is hope that what Vincenzo Lezzi has done will not only benefit the student who will be helped but also teach that as young adults, they can also help each other.

The Community of Viggiano (Basilicata) is in the Southern part of Italy.