Catholic brothers in 1984, the Mua Deaf School is one of only four such
schools in the entire country. It was originally funded from the
brother’s own Dutch pensions and of course new funding is now vital.
Over 170 pupils, aged between seven and their early twenties, live at
the school. They come from all over Malawi to learn how to read, write
and sign. This gives them the life skills they need to find their place
The Malawian government pays the salaries of teachers and contributes
to running costs. But the money comes sporadically and often many
months late. This means the school lurches from financial crisis to
The school also receives some help from the World Food Programme –
which gives the children a midday meal of maize porridge called Nsima.
However this is not enough to support active, growing children. All too
often the sisters have no more money for food and have to send the
children home before the end of term.
Students have the same curriculum as in other Primary Schools. Learners
are enrolled at the age of 6 and they spend 4 years at the pre-school
where they acquire skills in speech reading, auditory training, number
work, reading, writing, speech drills and speech training. After 4
years, learners move into the Primary Main School where they spend 8
years and take their Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations.
Recent school successes:
Also, read about Malawi
- In 2015, out of thirteen students who sat for the PSLCE, all were selected to attend various secondary schools
made in the needlework classes have been sold to generate income that
contributes to school costs
Teachers at Mua Deaf School in 2015-16
Alisoun teaching the children origami