Training courses held in Nkhata Bay District

16 February 2012

Eileen Nugent, IOP Coordinator for Malawi, reports on the most recent visit to Africa.

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In December 2011 we (Anna, Eileen, Kristin and Olivia) travelled to the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi to run a teacher training course, meet with our local partners in Malawi and generally have fun doing practical physics!

In the second week of our visit we ran a workshop for 11 teachers from 10 schools. 

This was almost 25% of the schools in Nkhata Bay District and included two schools from Thyolo District in Southern Malawi. 

In preparation for the trip we had designed experiments in optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, nuclear physics and electronics tailored to the Malawian syllabus.

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We held the course at the Lowani beach resort. On the fourth day of the course we invited the District Education Manager, Mr Moyo, to sit in on the electronics session and tour the centre at Kapanda. 

He was impressed with the centre’s progress. That night we had a dinner for local organisers, teachers, trainers and invited the Mr Moyo to present the IOP certificates of attendance. 

It was a lively event to round off the workshop and gave us a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts on the project in an informal setting.

The training course was very successful and the teachers particularly enjoyed the practical aspect of the training where they got a chance to do experiments and try out the new equipment themselves.