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.