Malawi – Nobody is too poor to give time

“In looking ahead, it’s good to look back”! says Kenneth Simalalo SJ, Head Teacher of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, Malawi, as he reflects on the last ten years which led to the recent graduation of a class of young men and women who will go on to shape the future. We Jesuits of the Zambia-Malawi Province (ZAM) had made the ambitious – almost dangerous – decision to open a new secondary school in one of the poorest countries in the world. Where less than 30% of the youth have a chance to attend secondary school and less than 10% actually complete the required four years. Sadly, the statistics for girls are significantly lower. The decision to go where there was great need was made, before the Universal Apostolic Preferences had directed us “to discern who are the most vulnerable and excluded persons in our midst and to find ways to walk closely beside them. Read more…