A very dedicated team of people in Mlali work hard to ensure that the children of their community get the best education possible. They believe wholeheartedly that by investing their time in the children of their village, they will go on to transform their families, their community and beyond. Meet them here!

School Management Team

“The thing that makes me get up every morning and do all the work I'm doing is the way that children and their parents benefit from our work. I feel blessed to see happy children who really enjoy all the services we provide and the way the school is owned by the community.”

Yohana Chuma, Head Teacher and School Manager

Teachers

Twelve hard working and passionate teachers come to the classrooms of QEA every day to teach, nurture and build the futures of the students at the school.

The nursery teachers are Kezia Magawa and Diana Ngoliga (pictured below with their class), and the primary level teachers are Jane Peason (Mathematics & Kiswahili and English), Thadei Mhando (Mathematics & Science), Emmanuel Nkurlu (Kiswahili & Social science) Upendo Michael (Kiswahili and English), Yona Mlojo (Social Science), Chukia Juma (Mathematics), Hadija Mbaga (Kiswahili & Social science), Yohana Chuma (Head Teacher, English and Social Science) Baraka Mahinyila (Science) and Joseph Lembile (Mathematics & Kiswahili).

Hear from some of the teachers below about their work and why they do it.

This is the whole team of dedicated QEA teachers, along with the school’s management team.  Photo: Yohana Chuma

This is the whole team of dedicated QEA teachers, along with the school’s management team.

Photo: Yohana Chuma

Here are the teachers celebrating the success of the p7 class in their 2018 national exams.  Photo: Yohana Chuma

Here are the teachers celebrating the success of the p7 class in their 2018 national exams.

Photo: Yohana Chuma

Teachers Kezia and Diana with their nursery class.

Teachers Kezia and Diana with their nursery class.

“If you show a child love, then they will learn love, and they will be a person of love. In their teacher, they will see that love produces good things.”

Jane Peason, P1 Teacher (Maths, Kiswahili and English)

Quoted in Under the Tree, a 2016 documentary project by Ryan LeCluyse

School Support Team

Tributes To Michael Sekwiha and Laizer Sekwiha

Michael Sekwiha, Kilines’s father, sadly left us in December 2017. He began the sowing the seeds of the school decades before it even became an idea. When he was a young father to Kilines, Michael sold his precious cows one by one to pay for his children’s school fees. He fended off suitors who came to ask for Kilines’ hand in marriage, making sure that they knew that she would finish all the studies that she desired before she felt any pressure of marriage. He ensured that she made it all the way. He fiercely supported Kilines and her other siblings in their vision for the school and he held so much pride in it right to the end.

Michael Sekwiha, Kilines’s father, sadly left us in December 2017. He began the sowing the seeds of the school decades before it even became an idea. When he was a young father to Kilines, Michael sold his precious cows one by one to pay for his children’s school fees. He fended off suitors who came to ask for Kilines’ hand in marriage, making sure that they knew that she would finish all the studies that she desired before she felt any pressure of marriage. He ensured that she made it all the way. He fiercely supported Kilines and her other siblings in their vision for the school and he held so much pride in it right to the end.

Laizer Sekwiha, Kilines’ older brother very sadly left us in 2018, after many years as the school’s vice president. He was a man grounded deeply in his community and dedicated to the Queen Elizabeth Academy. He rose at 5am every morning to make the trip to the school to oversee the building work and in his wisdom, through relationship building, nurtured a deep trust of the school in the community. He continues to be sorely missed.

Laizer Sekwiha, Kilines’ older brother very sadly left us in 2018, after many years as the school’s vice president. He was a man grounded deeply in his community and dedicated to the Queen Elizabeth Academy. He rose at 5am every morning to make the trip to the school to oversee the building work and in his wisdom, through relationship building, nurtured a deep trust of the school in the community. He continues to be sorely missed.

“I’ve become an old man, I don’t have any strength to chase cows here and there. But education, education does not age. Even now I advise my fellow parents that education is not something to avoid. Those who may think differently, I encourage them to prioritise education.

It’s the foundation of development… education.”

Michael Sekwiha in “Under the Tree”, a 2016 documentary project by Ryan LeCluyse