At the heart of every successful educational institution lies a strong partnership between parents, teachers, and school administration. With this in mind, a group of passionate and committed parents, including myself, have recently come together to facilitate the revitalized SAIPS PTA. Our primary goal is to foster a supportive and collaborative environment that empowers parents, enhances the educational experience for our children, and strengthens the bond between families and the school.
Each member brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and a shared dedication to making a positive impact on our school community. We firmly believe that by working collaboratively, we can create an inclusive environment that promotes excellence in education, nurtures personal growth, and celebrates diversity.
Dr Louise Afran
Louise Afran is an associate group head in neonatal and infant immunology of infectious disease. She previously worked for big pharma in the UK, before relocating to Malawi. She holds a PhD in immunology of infectious disease and several honorary lectureships at KUHES and LSTM, UK. Louise is passionate about education and looks forward to serving the school through the chairing of the PTA.
Melanie Benoist is a french medical doctor and mother of four daughters, three of them are students at SAIPS. She is specialized in infectious diseases, worked for few years at the University hospital. She worked as a referent of bone and joint infections then focused on antibiotic resistance. Melanie is passionate about education, as a mother of four, she did homeschooling for few years, as a french teacher and also at the medical university. She has taken several training courses on different teaching approaches.
Rosalba Rettkowski has a Masters Degree in Food Science and Technology from Ireland. She has worked for several years in the Food Industry as a Quality Controller in Germany. She is currently in Malawi helping small communities and street children. She is excited to be able to help and be part of the community in Saips by being the treasurer.
Maya Khonje Stewart is a regional entrepreneur, an active Rotarian and a mother of two. Professionally, she is the founder of MAEVE Project, a local NGO promoting access to affordable clean household technologies over two million households across Malawi.
Maya is also a co-founder of Yellow a private sector entity in the renewable energy sector of Malawi and SADC that has electrified over 500,000 households to date. Maya has international recognition including EEP Africa Energy Rising Leader for 2020, Africa Digital Champion for 2021, Africa's Women in Energy Leader by the prestigious Enlit Africa for 2022 and awarded African Power and Energy Elite for 2022.