Help Energise Early Literacy in Malawi with Music

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Raised by 9 people in 1 month
Created December 11, 2018
Train Teachers and Give Children A Better Future 

Imagine if you couldn't access education. Imagine how that would affect your future? In Malawi there are 10's of 1000's of primary school children desperate to learn, desperate to improve life chances for themselves and their families. But with classroom sizes in excess of 100 pupils and teachers working with barely any resources and limited availability to training and professional development, raising the standard of education is a difficult goal.

The CharChar Trust is a UK based charity that aims to improve literacy levels in Malawi to help young people to access better education and opportunities in life. Working through the CharChar Trust, Natalie Conti helps support volunteer teachers via weekly visits to offer CPD, teaching inspiration and supplementary recourses. 

Cue The Music Magic...

On October 1st 2018, Natalie received an email from one of these volunteer teachers asking what advice she might have for leading phonemic activities with 6-year-old children learning English as a second language. After researching online, Natalie found Boogie Mites, a UK organisation that trains teachers how to use interactive music activities to promote language and literacy skills. Natalie was inspired by the YouTube videos of our songs in action and loved the idea of using music to build strong foundations for literacy. 

"Malawi is a very musically gifted nation, yet teachers rarely see the importance of music, song and rhythm as a teaching and learning tool."

The video you can see here shows how one volunteer teacher adapted what she saw our YouTube channel to create a more engaging and effective style of teaching, creating drums and beaters from materials at hand to help tap out word rhythms.

“Malawian primary school teachers are under a huge amount of pressure.”

Natalie realised that if watching just one video could bring such positive benefits to teachers's moral, confidence and methods,  how much more transformational it would be if Boogie Mites trainers could come to Malawi and train groups of teachers face-to-face. So she got in touch to ask if we could bring a team of Boogie Mites trainers to Malawi, and help inspire teachers to use these music based teaching methods in their own classes. 

Together, the CharChar Trust and Boogie Mites Can Make A Real Difference

Together we can provide teachers in Malawi with the training and resources they need to improve language and literacy skills and give children the opportunity to create a better future.

But we can’t do this alone. We need your support to bring positive change to teaching methods and change lives. Our aim is to raise £7500 in order to fund 2 of the Boogie Mites team to work with teachers and children in Malawi from May 11 to 25th 2019.


Boogie Mites are committed to creating a project with a long-lasting legacy. Therefore, your contribution will also fund teaching/ training resource packs and solar-powered technology to enable volunteer teachers to cascade the training throughout the community.

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We Can't Do This Without You

Any donation, however big or small, is truly appreciated. Please donate, follow and share this page for news on this project! We will keep you all updated with feedback from the teachers and children we work with so you can see the difference you are making.

Thank you for your support in improving educational opportunities in Malawi.
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Update 4
Posted by Louise Bull
9 days ago
Memory lives with her widowed Mother, Grandmother and four siblings in Malawi & national statistics suggest it's unlikely that Memory's life will change much beyond domesticity. It's unlikely she will complete even four years of early education.

According to Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNESCO), it's estimated "130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age will never enter a classroom. Half of them are from sub-Saharan Africa."

The Char Char Trust hope to change these odds through volunteer teachers, supplementary resources and support from people just like you!

Donate now to support these teachers - help us train them in a new skill - Boogie Mites' educational music & movement - to improve their opportunities and support learning in a new, magical (musical) way!
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Update 3
Posted by Louise Bull
17 days ago
Tamandani and his sister, Eveness, walk 3 kilometres to school and back every day. Statistically, they are destined to leave school illiterate.

CharChar aims to change this by investing in teacher training and high-quality literacy resources. We hope to help CharChar improve the opportunities for Tamandani and Eveness - help us bring educational music to Malawi!
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Update 2
Posted by Louise Bull
24 days ago
Salla is one of many children living in Malawi with limited opportunities and resources to support her education.

Girls are often kept at home to take care of younger siblings and do household chores. National education data for Malawi show that 62 percent of girls who enroll in Standard 1 continue to Standard 5 and only 29 percent remain enrolled from Standard 1 to Standard 8.

Even fewer girls access higher education. In 2016, for every female enrolled, 1.7 males were enrolled in higher education. The top three reasons why girls drop out of school are marriage, pregnancy, and family responsibilities.
(Information & stats taken from the CharChar Trust FB pg)

Help get us over to Malawi so that we can share our techniques and resources for teaching through music. Please give whatever you can - it's the perfect last-minute gift.
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Update 1
Posted by Louise Bull
1 month ago
If you'd like to know more about Boogie Mites please visit our website or Facebook profile:

To find out more about The CharChar Trust (The Charlotte Parker Charitable Trust for the Advancement of Education in Africa), please visit their website or facebook below:
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