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  1. Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs

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    Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC) trains teachers in northern Malawi to run after-school student permaculture clubs. Through the clubs, students learn permaculture concepts and skills and apply them directly on their school grounds & create polyculture garden patches to grow indigenous foodcrops.

    Now in their 6th year, MSPC has expanded to work with 22 schools, reached over 2,000 participants and trained 120 teachers. They have developed session packs and training for teachers, and provided basic inputs like tools and seeds to get schools started, whilst increasing the input of community members in the project.

    They are now preparing to launch a partner programme, to support NGOs in other regions to establish permaculture clubs and teacher support networks. They are also a pilot project for the Permaculture Evaluation Toolkit (PET), helping to test-run a model for assessment of impact for grassroots permaculture programmes, to increase the rigour of their impact analysis and accessible tools in the wider permaculture movement.

  2. Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs

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    Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC) trains teachers in northern Malawi to run after-school student permaculture clubs. Through the clubs, students learn permaculture concepts and skills and apply them directly on their school grounds & create polyculture garden patches to grow indigenous foodcrops.

    Now in their 6th year, MSPC has expanded to work with 22 schools, reached over 2,000 participants and trained 120 teachers. They have developed session packs and training for teachers, and provided basic inputs like tools and seeds to get schools started, whilst increasing the input of community members in the project.

    They are now preparing to launch a partner programme, to support NGOs in other regions to establish permaculture clubs and teacher support networks. They are also a pilot project for the Permaculture Evaluation Toolkit (PET), helping to test-run a model for assessment of impact for grassroots permaculture programmes, to increase the rigour of their impact analysis and accessible tools in the wider permaculture movement.

  3. Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs

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    Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC) empowers primary teachers in rural northern Malawi to run after-school student permaculture clubs. Each student works on an individual permaculture plot and collectively they implement a school design. Now in year three, MSPC is working with nine schools, 300 pupils, and has a waiting list of interested schools.

    MSPC started in 2015 after a successful trial club at Mkondezi Primary School. During that first year, four critical factors were identified that would enable other teachers to run clubs in their schools:
    1. Permaculture training & facilitation skills for teachers
    2. A ‘syllabus’ & detailed teaching materials
    3. Supporting infrastructure
    4. Schools & pupils must be self-selecting

    MSPC was established to offer these, enabling Mkondezi’s work to be rolled out widely.

  4. Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities

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    Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities (SFHC) is a  non-profit organization in Malawi working to support smallholder farmers to build healthy, equitable, and resilient communities using farmer-led participatory research, ecological approaches to farming, local indigenous knowledge, and democratic processes.

    Farmers working with SFHC experiment with  agroecological approaches including legume diversification, agroforestry, and animal manure that have resulted in improved child nutrition, food security, and soil management. Farmers also engage in participatory educational activities related to nutrition, climate change, gender, and social equity.

    At the core of our work is a dedication to  addressing economic, health and social inequalities at the household, community and national levels.