In preparation for the 2022 Academic Year, Seibo Malawi conducted ‘School Feeding’ Training to our school partners in Mzimba, Northern Malawi. Teachers, School Feeding Committee Members as well as other committee members, such as the PTA, Mother Group and School Management Committees were in attendance. Each Seibo partner school was allowed a representation of 10 people per school.
The training, which was carried out for two full days on the 1st & 2nd of December 2021, was carried out in 2 locations; Kaphuta TDC (Day 1) and Macherecheta TDC (Day 2). There were a total of 89 people present on Day 1, with 42 people participating on Day 2. This figure includes 2 people representing Mzimba District Hospital, 1 DNCC member, 1 member representing Malawi Red Cross, 1 representative from Social Welfare and School Health Nutrition Coordinator representatives.
The following topics were covered:
Stock Management a& Likuni Phala Storage (Seibo)
Stove Handling & Maintenance (Seibo)
Food Preparation (Seibo)
Personal/Kitchen Hygiene (Mzimba District Hospital)
Safety (burns and choking) (Malawi Red Cross)
Child Protection (Social Welfare)
Child Rights (Social Welfare)
Child Abuse (Social Welfare)
Covid-19 Awareness & Prevention Measures (Mzimba District Hospital)
Our team in Malawi received a lot of positive feedback, in particular relating to the training on stove handling & maintenance. The PEA also appreciated the training on issues of child protection and felt they were now better equipped to provide support when needed.
Several participants did mention the transport allowance we provided was insufficient and they had to top up the fee with their own money. The training venue was small, particularly on Day 1 when there were 89 participants, making it difficult to observe safe distancing.
Overall there was a feeling that the training was packed in too tight and might have been better delivered over a two day period. In addition we need to consider sourcing a larger venue if a similar turn up is to be expected.