Community Development in Malawi- Nursery schools and Youth Club

There are a number of projects that involve education and support of young people within the community:

Stepping Stones Primary School:

Stepping Stones International Primary School is based on a belief in the diverse talents of each child and expect hard work, kindness, and excellence from them in return. Stepping Stones provides rigorous academic training and culturally responsive programming. At the school children from disadvantaged circumstances learn alongside more economically privileged peers, international volunteers, and talented Malawian teachers. Children, families, teachers, and staff will share an expectation that after eight years of primary school all students will advance to the top secondary schools, be versed in principles of solidarity, community, and voice, and be prepared to be engaged citizens. The curriculum reflects principles of a holistic education: art, sport, music, drama, agriculture, field trips, community visitors, etc., which are a regular part of school routine.


The student body at Stepping Stones is half fee paying and half non-fee paying students. In other words, for every fee paying or sponsored child, a spot opens up for a child who cannot afford fees and would not have the opportunity otherwise. The free places are based on need, results, and family background, which are selected with the help of local chiefs.


Butterfly Youth Club:

Built on site at Butterfly, the Youth Club opened in 2010. Youth Club is an after-school hours meeting place; boys and girls of all school ages meet here daily to engage in a safe, fun, and educational environment. It has become a lively part of Butterfly and each day different activities are offered including arts and crafts and more active sessions including races, obstacle courses, treasure hunts and sports. The youth club is also a great way to take the pressure off the parents, who work until after school hours, by providing an environment conducive to children and youth’s social and personal development.

Nursery Schools

In Alice´s work at Butterfly, children are at the heart centre of her efforts. Three nursery schools have been built in and around Nkhata Bay: Gulugufe Nursery, Dindano and Mpamba Nurserys. Schools run Monday to Friday mornings for children aged 2-6 and a fortified bowl of porridge is provided for everyone.  Alice is constantly approached by parents in the community with requests for their children to attend the nurseries; the entry requirement is two years old and the parents often try to convince me their tiny toddler is of age. Our reputation is well earned as Gulugufe has been running successfully for ten years and Dindano for five years. It is common practice for children who attended Gulugufe to be advanced one grade when they enter the Local Government primary school.

Gulugufe Nursery is a two block classroom with an office and store room. Upwards of forty children from the town of Nkhata Bay attend daily. It employs two Malawian teachers and a chef and they are supported by international volunteers.

Section 2: Responsibilities

Stepping Stones Primary School

  • Teaching

   – If you are a qualified teacher: 

– Take a significant role by offering trainings to our local teachers and by supporting progressive education.

– Prepare lessons and support their deliveries.

– Setting improvement plans for learners with difficulties.

– Take responsibility of a class for a specific subject.

  • If you are not a qualified teacher:

– Assist teachers in preparing lesson and teaching students.

– Help learners with English literacy and reading.

– Help with specific lessons in different subjects as Maths, Science, Arts,      Geography, Language, Physical education, Life skills or Agriculture.

–  Teach small groups of learners with difficulties.

–  Pass on any of your unique talents to the next Malawi generation of leaders.

  • Arts

Put in place any artistic projects (drama, songs, dance, music, paint, etc.). You can use our hall and stage!

  • Library

Improving our impressive library by adding and categorizing more books.

Improving our library environment with your creativity or any of your ideas.

  • Lunch Program

We are feeding an impressive number of students with daily nutritious food. You can help us to improve and diversify our meals, or support our kitchen staff.

  • School Ground

Enhance our school ground with permaculture, gardening, landscaping, playground, sport ground, etc.

  • Communication & Administration

We are in need to improve different communication tools. Whatever it’s with posters, handouts, social media, website.

Help promotion by taking pictures of our school or our students.

There is always a need to support the headmaster with various administration tasks

Butterfly Youth Club


  • Drama

     groups can work either through the youth club or through different local groups and a recent link with Vizara drama group has proved exciting as Alice has been videoing their productions. They are a travelling educational group that tackle pressing issues of Malawi. Previous viewings have received a warm welcome when shown at Butterfly and there is a small stage, which is perfect for performances.

  • English Teachers

     are always welcome as there are no shortages of kids who want to improve their language and reading skills.

  • Homework clubs

     are a great way to utilise the space after dark and many of the topics covered in school here are linked the English curriculum so there is great potential for volunteers to hold extra homework clubs, especially close to exam time. The media room can also be used for this.
  • Getting a 

    pen pal

     is a great way to stay in touch with Nkhata Bay once you have left here, and will provide a great insight to both people involved as to the daily challenges each other faces.

  • Escorts for trips

     are always welcome as we would love to be able to show more of the groups that come through Butterfly some of the beautiful and amazing things that are around in Malawi. Previous trips have been to the Malawisaurus Museum but we would love to take a group to Vwaza National Park.

  • Making resources

    , as with the nursery school, is always a great way to improve the lessons and activities here and leave behind your ideas.

  • Artists

     can add to the colourful walls at the youth club and also take different workshops with the kids, leaving new skills and techniques.

  • Sharing any skill

     is great for the kids as they love to learn new things, in the past they have learnt to screen print, first aid, mosaics, hula hoop, magic and so much more.
  • Organise 


     events or swimming lessons as many of the children around cannot swim.


coaching sessions

 for the football or netball team or organise games both home and away for the kids to take part in.

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