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Planting a Field of Dreams For Youth of Malawi

Two other elements raise questions that are real tests of our future. Firstly, can LJSS truly be the ‘option for the poor’ that we have talked about since early days of planning? We are dependent on Government funding for teachers, in a country faced with serious economic problems. Without adequate Government support, LJSS would have to raise tuition fees. What consequences would that have for the recruitment of girls and boys from poorer families?

And second, will LJSS be the ‘green’ school we say it desires to be? We built the school with soil-based bricks, and purchased all the furniture from a joinery using wood from sustainable tree plots. This is our commitment to avoid the deforestation that is causing climate change havoc in Malawi. Can we keep this green pledge in the future?

Why a “Green” school

Block-wall-300x225As the days draw near for September opening of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS), there are many little details to pay attention to – as well as the great big details of teachers’ assignments, students’ books, cooks’ supplies, etc., etc.!

One detail, both big and little, is how to assure that LJSS is as “green” as possible.  By that we mean that in both construction and instruction our school should be environmentally sensitive, ecologically sound.