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Two volunteers arrived

Fr. Cesare and two volunteers from Franco Fiorina and Giuseppe De Vignani from Italy arrived from Italy on 13th January,2012. The volunteers will help in the construction of Andiamo Secondary school girls’ hostel.

Franco Fiorina (left) and Don Cesare

Franco will concentrate mainly on the hostel. Once finished, the new hostel will accommodate 64 girls and this will ease the pressure of accommodation mainly this September when Andiamo Secondary School will for the first time have a Form 4 class.

Giuseppe De Vignani (second from right) with Augustino one of the volunteers

Meanwhile AEI office says that the accommodation problem will be history once another boys’ hostel is constructed.

a site where a block girls hostel is expected to be constructed

While Giuseppe will cooperate in different plumbing works, in Toleza for the health centre, Andiamo for the Community Hospital and also at the Andiamo Secondary School for the external toilets for the students.

Franco has been coming to Malawi for some time now. He has helped in the construction of many projects like hostels, class blocks for secondary and technical schools, just to mention few.

Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) have opened for the second term. According to AEI office, out of 214 students only 100 students have registered so far.

AEI is one of the four sections of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust. It was established with the aim of making sure that the youths are fully equipped with knowledge, skills and to improve education standards in Malawi.

The second term will close on 23 March, 2012 according to the national academic calendar.

Christmas 2011

Today, 14 December, is my birthday

and I invite you to join me in thanking the Lord

for the simple and great gift of life,

with its joy and sorrows.

Day by day it is a renewed commitment

in order to answer the call to life

to always live with joy and generosity

for donating it in its fullness.

A journalist asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta:

“What should change in the Church?”

She answered: “You and me”.

The child Jesus is coming again

and with trust we have to ask ourselves

“What can I change in my life,

for the world and the Church to be better?”

“If you accept that

the face of your neighbour is not similar to yours,

accept also that their opinion are different from yours.”

From Malawi the wish that Christmas

will gift the sobriety,

the universal brotherhood

the solidly love

and prepare our refectories

to welcome Jesus with joy

and also who is near and far from us

fr. Mario

Secondary School start Exams.

Andiamo secondary students have started writing first term exams today on 28 November.

According to the headmistress of the school Margaret Mphwiyo, students will finish their exams on 7th December and they will leave for holidays on 8th December immediately after general assembly.

Students will be expected to return on campus on 3 January 2012.

Andiamo Web office wishes them all the best during their exams.

Students at Andiamo Education Institutions will now have a chance to learn different techniques of Yoga. This was revealed by Alessandro Maggi when he showed some of the techniques to the students.

Alessandro Maggi displaying some of the techniques of Yoga

Alessandro, who has been practising Yoga for three years, said although Yoga is divided into four paths Jnana, Bhakti, Karma and Raja, he will only share with them two paths Jnana and Karma.

Alessandro explained that Jnana involves deep exploration of the nature of our being by systematically exploring and setting aside false identities while Karma is the path of action, service to others, mindfulness, and remembering the levels of our being while fulfilling our actions which will help the students to have a clear thinking.

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which essentially means to join or unite. The union referred to is that of the individual self uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit. Yoga is a means to achieving this goal.

Read more:Origin of Yoga | Medindiahttp://www.medindia.net/yoga-lifestyle/yoga-orgin.htm#ixzz1cT6BFnzm

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.

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

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.

Meet our New Coordinator

Patricl Bwanali - The new Coordinator

1. Can you introduce yourself?
I am Patrick Kumbukani Bwanali, the fourth born child in a family of eight. I come from Thyolo district. I am married with two daughters, Neema and Nancy. I celebrate my birthday on the 15th of March each year. I am now 35 years old.

2. Your Education background
Currently, I am a holder of a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Mass Communication which I obtained from ShareWorld Open University in Blantyre.

3. Tell us about your work experience?
I worked with Montfort Media for 12 years before I joined Andiamo Education Institutions. During that period, I was a Lithographer and later a Sub-Editor of Together Youth magazine.

4. Now you are a Coordinator of Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI), what can you say about the place, have you met any challenges?
AEI is a nice place one MUST like at all cost. It is a place to live and grow. I wouldn’t call what I have met as challenges per se but  a test of my growth as an individual and as an institution.

5. What made you  switch your career from being a journalist to a teacher?
To be honest, I don’t know what made me change. All I can say is that I am happy here. In my first job I was writing for people who could read and write. Now I must make other people read and write.

6. What could be the role of teachers in improving education standard in the country?
As teachers, we have a duty to make sure that we produce the best out of the meagre resources that we have as a country. As Fr. Mario once told me, it is no longer a job but a mission. We should try as much as we can, to be role models. Students should be able to see in us more the services we provide first than the money we get at the end of the month.

7. Being in a position of a Coordinator now, do you think you will bring a change in education sector with your past experience as a journalist?
If I start thinking of myself as a change, I feel that I am going to fail. WE are the change. Together, we shall make AEI light of this part of Malawi and indeed the whole of Malawi.

8. How did you feel when you got the news that all the Form 2s had passed exams at Andiamo Secondary School?
Honestly, I felt humbled. I thought of all people who made this possible. I am talking of the owners of the school (Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust), volunteers from Italy, teachers, guardians and the students themselves. We wanted to have a school. We have one. A school is known for its results. Our first results have been good. I have a feeling that this is all what we wanted.

9. As the institutions have started with full capacity, what measures have been put in place to make sure the good reputation of the institution is maintained? (Any plans)
We are just here to fulfill the objectives of AYCT. You know that one of the pillars of AYCT is education. We must always try as much as possible to fulfill this objective of the cooperative. If we do better, Andiamo has fulfilled one of its objectives.

10. You were writing “Shokere” column in Mkwaso Newspaper which was popular among the readers of the news, are they going to continue enjoying it again?
“Shokere” was there to both entertain and educate. I think I entertained when I was writing that column. Unfortunately, because of other problems I cannot continue writing the column. On the education part, I still have the book. Those who want to learn something from the book, they can ask for one.

11. In 2010 you wrote a book “Shokere”, Should people expect another book in near future?
Shortly we shall embark on a big project to write a book about Andiamo. We are hopeful that the book will be out in 2014 when we shall be celebrating 30 years of AYCT. It is the dream of the founders of AYCT that the book should be in both English and Italian.

12. What is your secret for success?
I believe that a person is a person through other people. If I have succeeded, I believe it is because of other people. I have learned then that respecting other people is the only way to success.

13. What can you say to those who want to join teaching?
It is a call. It is fulfilling. Ask yourself if REALLY you want to become a teacher. If you REALLY want, you will enjoy. I have always wanted to become a teacher.

Congratulatory message

Andiamo Secondary School would like to congratulate its form 2 students for passing 2011 Junior Certificate Examinations. A total of 26 students sat for exams and all have passed.