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Weʼre raising £400 to Buy 'Talking Buttons' for schools in Malawi

Blackawton, Totnes, UK

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This summer I have decided to do some volunteering in Malawi with Hooke Court; a charitable trust, which aims to help improve the standard of primary education in 9 schools in the Bandawe District.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The latest data shows an average income of less than US$ 1.25 per day. It is ranked 8th poorest out of 185. The average life expectancy in the Bandawe area of Malawi is 38 because of a high infant mortality rate, AIDS/HIV and Malaria. A few years ago the government made primary education free for all, but no additional resources were provided. This means that class sizes increased hugely and quickly, class sizes of 120 are common!

I am funding the trip myself but am hoping to raise funds to purchase resources to take with me. With such huge classes, and very minimal resources (a blackboard and copying are the norm) differentiation and more creative ways to teach and learn are needed.

Hooke Court have, over the past 7 years managed to equip the 9 schools they support with basic resources; pens, books and individual chalk boards amongst many others. They are also sending over a container of schematic learning texts that are now virtually redundant in most UK primary schools.

As I have limited baggage, and want to demonstrate a different approach to whole class teaching, I would like to take across some talking buttons and spare batteries. These devices can be used in a variety of ways: recording tasks for children to do independently; allowing children to talk into them and then write (rather than having to try and hold a whole sentence in their heads) and for interactive displays to support the teaching of phonics. The buttons cost around £35 for 5 and my aim is to supply a minimum of one pack for each school – not ideal, but enough to get things going.

I am therefore undertaking the task of trying to run, walk, row, swim or cross trainer the length of Lake Malawi between now and July 26th - a grand total of 365 miles (587 km!!!) Any contributions will be gratefully received.

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  • Tina Rodwell-Lynn1 month ago
    Tina Rodwell-Lynn

    Tina Rodwell-Lynn

    1 month ago

    Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far. We have one week left at school and then I'm off the following week. To date I have completed 520 km which means I have 66 to go!! I will purchase the buttons this week and intend to get some dice as well - one can teach many lessons with dice! I am still hoping to raise as much money as possible, as anything I don't take out now, I can use to purchase resources I feel are needed once I have returned. Again, thank you for all your support.

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  • Tina Rodwell-Lynn2 months ago
    Tina Rodwell-Lynn

    Tina Rodwell-Lynn

    2 months ago

    Total KMs Completed 205.323 Remaining 381.677 Blimey - it's hard work getting those km's down. However, truly inspired by everyone who has supported thus far - thank you.

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  • Tina Rodwell-Lynn2 months ago
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    Tina Rodwell-Lynn

    2 months ago

    Just got back from the gym to find spirits lifted by even more generosity. (And Jesus did they need lifting - should have given up gin....only joking, that would be more ridiculous than me in lycra) Thank you x

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Page last updated on: 7/20/2018 10:00 AM

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  • Jude

    Jude

    Jul 20, 2018

    Good luck Mrs Rodwell-Lynn! From Harvey and Charlotte x

    £10.00

  • Lora McMahon

    Lora McMahon

    Jul 1, 2018

    All the best Tina, what a completely awesome thing to be doing xx

    £10.00

  • Archie and Lottie

    Archie and Lottie

    Jun 30, 2018

    Nice one head.

    £25.00

  • Barrie Taylor

    Barrie Taylor

    Jun 29, 2018

    Go Tina xxx

    £20.00

  • Veronique Mertes

    Veronique Mertes

    Jun 29, 2018

    Have a super trip Mrs R-L. Cant wait to see some fotos!

    £20.00

  • Sharon Rodwell

    Sharon Rodwell

    Jun 27, 2018

    Great cause Tina Weiner - you will be fabMum, Brian, Sharon, Roberto

    £36.00

  • Clare Cremona

    Clare Cremona

    Jun 17, 2018

    Go Mrs Rodwell, you can do it! We're right behind you. What a fabulous thing you are doing. Good luck with the running, fundraising and the trip itself. Clare, Andy, Carys and Finlay x

    £10.00

Tina Rodwell-Lynn

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Blackawton, Totnes, UK

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