Footballs for schoolchildren in Malawi

Rob Poole  looks forward to teaching schoolchildren in rural Malawi and having fun playing football with them. He describes his aspirations for the DASH to Malawi 2014 trip:

Experiencing the Malawian culture and their daily challenges will be inspiring and personally educational.  I hope that the experience will allow me to have a greater impact on the children I go on to teach in my future career, and have UK schoolchildren recognise the privilege and power that their education affords them.

Robert Poole (Exercise, Nutrition & Health student)

Rob with the colourful footballs he is taking to Malawi

Rob with the colourful footballs he is taking to Malawi








Patricia Lund

I teach on cell biology, human genetics and cancer biology modules in the Department for Applied Sciences & Health (DASH). I have organised a work experience trip to Malawi (first one in August 2014) using contacts and experience from my field work in Africa and started this DASH to Africa blog to engage all our students (and others) in our international engagement.
More about my research: studies on the genetic condition albinism in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana have been wide reaching with multiple partners and funders. Information has been gathered on the frequency of albinism in different populations, mutations in the gene causing the condition, sun protection strategies adopted to reduce the risk of developing sun induced skin damage, health (especially genetic) care for this vulnerable group, education (mainstream versus special schools) and social perceptions (and misconceptions) about albinism in African communities. These multi-faceted studies have been enriched by collaborations with local albinism associations in Africa and. I have also been privileged to meet many families with albinism.