Our vision is to bring high quality education to poor girls in the rural areas to give them the very best chance of achieving their dreams and becoming self sufficient, independent leaders in the future.
To achieve this, we need to attract highly qualified and experienced Malawian, preferably female teachers. This is a real challenge as APU is located in the rural area, away from the safety, security and amenities of the city, which is where the majority of qualified teachers choose to live. To attract these teachers we need to provide them with a place where they want to stay and raise their families. Our teachers need to be taken care of, respected, and supplied with secure, well-maintained homes with running water and electricity. We also need to provide them with teaching facilities, including classrooms and laboratories that will allow them to do their best teaching.
Our sustainability plan relies heavily on being able to attract private students who will pay tuition that will cover the cost of their own tuition as well as the tuition of students on scholarship. This means that we must be equal to or better than the best girls schools in the country, providing excellent living and learning facilities to give our girls the very best chance to succeed in their studies.
At APU we believe in using home grown labour and expertise, hiring both men and women from the Nsalu region as our carpenters, bricklayers, sand and water carriers, and carpenters. Our surveyors, architects and engineers, including our Project Manager Henry Mdeytseni, the mastermind behind these beautiful, strong and cheaply built buildings, are all Malawian. Our bricks are fired right on APU land out of soil found at the school site. Our construction projects at APU employ over 300 people, many of whom are women.
Hear from APU’s Project Manager, Henry Mdyetseni, as he describes the lessons he has learned throughout the 6 years of APU’s construction (2005-2011). Since 2007, APU has grown to a campus of 19 buildings and 9 additional capital projects
Current & Future Projects
Would you be interested in helping complete the construction of our school? With ever-growing demand from Malawian families, APU’s enrolment is currently beyond capacity and our facilities are unable to accommodate the demand from students and staff.
When the construction of APU is finished, we expect the campus to be a self-sustaining micro-community that will be able to educate students from primary school through secondary school, with the opportunity to attend Teachers Training College. Our most important projects are listed below, with more information on our Current Projects Page.
- Student Hostel #7 ($90,000)
Future Capital Projects
- x2 more Staff Duplexes (6 total)
- x1 more Student Hostels (8 total)
- x1 more Primary Class Block (4 total)
If you would like to contribute in a specific way to a project, please contact our Executive Director, Christie Johnson at email@example.com to discuss how you can contribute to ensuring our school will be a state-of-the-art facility for educating generations of students.
Recently Funded Projects
Rotary International Global Grant – Multiple Projects ($320,000 ($235,000 USD))
Funded by Rotary International Global Grant.
Thanks to the hard work of APU MEF Director Pat Kiloran for leading this initiative, and to the Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge, Alberta (Rotary District 5360), and Lilongwe, Malawi (Rotary District 9210). This Global Grant will fund: a solar electric project that will put solar power in all buildings (except cooking areas), gas-cooking facilities, 60 new Chromebook computers (that will work off Servers rather than the unreliable internet), Projectors and Screens for classrooms, brand new textbooks to follow the Government’s cirriculum (one for every student!), new lockers for students to store belongings by classrooms, and new mattresses for students. Additionally, the project will fund a teacher-education program to help teachers incorporate technology into the classroom.
These funds are a combination of $90,000 USD from the Rotary Foundation’s World Fund, $72,250 USD in contributions from the Government of Canada (matching funds), $35,000 USD from Rotary District 5360, $3,937 USD (x3) from each of Rotary Clubs of Calgary South, Calgary Chinook, and Calgary West ($11,811 USD Total), and $23,887.50 USD from the Rotary Club of Lethbridge.
Legacy Building ($150,000 of $150,000)
Funded in part by a private donor on Vancouver Island ($40,000)
The construction of the Legacy Building is our most challenging and exacting project undertaken so far at APU. When it is completed, it will change the entire feel of the school from one of ‘pioneering and making do’ to that of a complete and high -functioning school. We will no longer be limping along, squished into shared classroom space. Our teachers will have the preparation and meeting space that they deserve and our administrators will finally be able to have offices.
Student Hostel #6 ($60,000)
Staff Duplex #5 ($60,000)
Funded by Private Donors from Vancouver Island
Primary Class Block #2 – Victoria Gardens Academy ($37,000 of $37,000)
Funded by Women Helping Women.
The project will be completed by end of November 2016, coming in slightly over-budget of $37,000 – which is very reasonable considering the economic instability and additional costs of conversion. See More
APU Campus Security ($22,000 of $22,000)
Funded by Rotary Club of Calgary West, Rotary Club of Olds, & Interact Club of Olds
The money has been wired and received by the school
Science Materials ($10,000 of $10,000)
Funded by Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown
Food for Work ($34,388 of $33,000)
Funded by APU MEF’s crowd-funding campaign
In response to the plight of hungry families, APU (Girls on the Move) Girls’ School in Malawi has developed a project that will provide work that will help families survive during this time of crisis