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John and Jane Tobin, who both live in St Albans, were born in Malawi and in May 2007 they visited the land of their birth and the Nansambo School. Following their visit John and Jane decided they wished to do something to support the school and the Nansambo School Fund was set up by them, supported by their mother Sue Tobin. This is an informal charity Ã¢ the aim of which is to improve conditions and the educational opportunities available to the pupils of the Nansambo Primary School in the Chingale District of Southern Malawi.In May 2013, approximately 1150 children between the ages of 6 and 17 were registered on the primary school roll at Nansambo but the six year olds accounted for the largest of the eight year groups and totalled over 200 children. Approximately one quarter of the pupils are orphans Ã¢ with aids and malaria being the main causes. The school has a staff of seven teachers, and this includes the Headmaster who has a full time teaching commitment. There is a bare minimum of educational provision except for the oldest pupils who do have provision of paper and text books however these have to be shared between pupils. Since it was set up in the Autumn of 2007, the Fund has on a regular basis met part of the shortfall in government provision of basic educational items such as exercise books, pencils, pens, erasers and chalk. In addition to this, each year sports equipment has been provided for the children. Four full-time teaching assistants are being funded to help at the school and a new borehole has been drilled providing fresh water to the school and community. By May 2011 five of the nine classrooms had been completely renovated. Twelve new toilets and a secure storeroom were constructed in 2010. In October 2010 a Sponsorship Scheme was introduced to encourage and make it possible for up to a maximum of 16 children to continue in education beyond Primary School Ã¢ in the Autumn of 2013 fourteen pupils were being sponsored, In the last two years over 1300 reading and text books have been supplied and in November 2013, advanced pre-building plans are in hand to commence the building of a small library at the Primary School. The building should be completed by May 2014. A part-time Librarian will be funded by the Nansambo School Fund.The wider vision, continuing aim and priority of the Nansambo School Fund, and its supporters, is to do as much as is possible to improve conditions and the quality of education available to the children of Nansambo - so the children of Nansambo and from the surrounding communities will be able to achieve their potential, both within the education system and within their own communities. Further that the children of the Nansambo Community are encouraged to attend school and to continue in full time education beyond primary school in order to access better employment and further training opportunities Ã¢ to build a better life.
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