D2D and our partner schools and their staff play a central role in moving our sponsored youth forward and enabling D2D to successfully achieve its mission. To acknowledge the extended efforts and contributions of these leaders, D2D recently hosted an appreciation dinner for the head teachers (school principals) of our 13 partner schools. Our local Chief Mtowerayifwa, as well as our child protection officer from the Ministry of Social Welfare, were on hand to thank the head teacher on behalf of the community and government for partnering with D2D.
Head teachers from Khwawa Secondary School, Rumphi Secondary, Phwezi Boys and Phwezi Girls, Chilumba Secondary, Karonga Girls, Chaminade, Chitipa Secondary, St. Mary’s Karonga Girls, Kaseye Girls, Wasambo Boys, and our local Hara Primary School were all present since D2D sponsors students at all of these schools.
Head teachers acknowledged how meaningful such a gathering was, noting the opportunity it provided to engage in important conversation and exchange ideas and information for the benefit of their schools and students. It was also a welcomed chance to see old friends and meet new ones.
After everyone enjoyed a wonderful full buffet meal together, speeches were given by the chief, several of the head teachers and our executive director, Matt Maroon. It was a great time to embrace the impact D2D’s work is having in partnership with the schools and to highlight a few success stories in the relationship, specifically with students who would have otherwise been abandoned in education but were now doing well. Speakers cited examples of a D2D student who is now a university graduate, and another who is now employed, sat amongst the crowd. Another speaker commended D2D for sponsoring an orphan who went on to score a perfect in the national examinations and is now on the way to becoming a doctor (D2D has now sponsored three such students with perfect scores out of hundreds of thousands who sit for the exam each year).
It was also a time to celebrate a field and profession that is lifting the country and its people, that is developing villages both near and far, yet often receives little credit or pay out for doing so. Most importantly, it was a time to encourage each other to continue to work hard and stay together in the commitment of educating those who are the future of Malawi.
To close the evening, every guest of honor was presented with the gift of a new comforter set, which was given to them by the sponsored students who attend their schools. Keeping in Malawian fashion, the giving of the comforter sets was accompanied by music and dancing, which didn’t take long to get everyone on their feet and in high spirits. The celebration continued on long after the gifts were presented and into the night. It can easily be said that all who came had a fantastic time. It was a great evening overall and an awesome opportunity for D2D to deepen its relationship with fellow educators in order to continue to advance in lifting the youth, the local communities, and the nation through education.
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