Welcome to Wasambo High School

Wasambo Boys High School is a boarding secondary school located in Chilumba, Karonga District and serves Forms 1 to 4 under the Malawi MSCE curriculum. We believe in quality education through teaching, learning, and research and we are globally known, and supported in partnership with the University of Dayton, USA.


Our purpose is to teach, educate, inspire and motivate students to make a difference in their lives and change the world, starting with Malawi.

Wasambo Boys High School is a self-governing, not-for-profit, joint school of excellence. The school provides excellent facilities, qualified and dedicated teachers (minimum degree holding) with obsession and enthusiasm to fulfill the needs of each student in a sensitive, caring manner and a balanced programme of academic, athletic, social and cultural activities.

Our core beliefs are based on the fundamental principle that all students can make progress and achieve. We believe in individual student attention. It’s the duty of our school to make sure every student is on track to develop himself into his full potential.


To deliver the highest quality education at an international standard but accessible to all, where students can thrive while reaching their fullest potential. Wasambo Boys High School is focused on educating students in all aspects of their life in a climate that cultivates a passion for learning and a desire to be extraordinary.


To fulfill our role as one of the top schools in Malawi through a holistic approach to progressive education methods.

Four Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles of Wasambo Boys High School shape our students into the future leaders of Malawi emphasizing a sound mind, body & spirit. Our students and their behavior embody each of our four guiding principles:

  • Academic Success – Harnessing Our Mind’s Potential to Fully Exploit Our Abilities to Become Knowing People In the World
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Realizing & Appreciating that Our Body is Our Vessel to Make Change in Ourselves and In the World
  • Self-Fulfillment – Unlocking Our Full Potential to be Our Best Self and Lead Others
  • Culture & Heritage – Respect Our Cultural & Faith Traditions as a Foundations of Our Morality & an Example from Which We’ve Come


Knowing that northern Malawi does not have enough educational resources to meet demands, Determined to Develop (D2D) NGO, through its Executive Director, Matt Maroon, made an effort to build Wasambo Boys High School with an aim to foster quality education in secondary schools.

In partnership with the community, civil society and the Ministry of Education, D2D made concrete plans to build an internationally recognized, accredited secondary school in the Chilumba area of Karonga, Malawi.

Wasambo Boys High School opened its doors in September 2017 with the support of the University of Dayton (USA).

Wasambo Boys High School goes beyond academic excellence. WBHS was founded to provide students with preeminent quality education which focuses on intrapersonal development, moral growth and academic accuracy. WBHS promises to produce students ready for tertiary education and principled leaders who will help in transforming the societies in which they live.


Determined to Develop (D2D) is a Malawi registered NGO working with education in the Chilumba region of Karonga District, in Northern Malawi. Its main programs focus on school tuition sponsorship, girls’ empowerment, extended learning opportunities for youth, nursery school support, and local education partnerships, with Wasambo Boys Highschool being its largest endeavor to date. 


University of Dayton Logo

The University Of Dayton (UD) is a Marianist Catholic University in Dayton, Ohio (USA). UD has years of experience supporting projects in Malawi in conjunction with D2D. Education professors from UD offer their support in the establishment of the rigorous curriculum in place at Wasambo Boys High School.


Wasambo High School is run through the Wasambo Education Foundation, a not-for-profit entity which governs the school with a Malawian Board of Governors. All funds provided for the high school, whether from school fees or donations, go into the system of the school for operations and development. Funds are also used for scholarships to students from the Wasambo area who have potential but lack financial support.

School Profile

Our campus is a brand new construction, featuring quality facilities that promote student achievement and harbor success. Our facilities also include newly constructed dormitories for students that feature smaller shared rooms with larger common spaces to promote healthy community development. Faculty and Staff homes are also on site and provide constant supervision of students and their safety.

School Governance Structure

Wasambo High School is governed by the Wasambo Education Foundation. The foundation’s board is comprised of local Malawian leaders and various education officials within the Northern Region. The Wasambo Education Foundation works closely with the US-based board of directors for Determined to Develop

Business Operations

Wasambo High School was created with the support of The University of Dayton and Determined to Develop. Each of these support organizations come with experience supporting education efforts within Malawi.

Determined to Develop (D2D) is a Malawi registered NGO working in the Chilumba region of Karonga District, in Northern Malawi. D2D operates within four cornerstones of development in the area, including Education and Youth Support, Women’s Empowerment, Health Services, and the Environment. The largest of these cornerstones is Education and Youth support with Wasambo High School being its largest endeavor to date.

The University of Dayton (UD) is a Marianist Catholic University in Dayton, Ohio (USA). UD has years of experience supporting projects in Malawi in conjunction with D2D. Education faculty from UD offer their support in the establishment of the rigorous curriculum in place at Wasambo High School.

Faculty & Staff

Our main focus at Wasambo Boys High School is educating the student as a whole and working to help them achieve their full potential through academic exercises rooted in progressive education methods. Students at Wasambo Boys High School should expect to be challenged in every aspect of the schooling process, from the classroom to the football pitch. Our informal curriculum, outside of traditional classroom experience, is designed to allow our students spaces for growth and achievement in leadership and athletics.

The staff of Wasambo Boys High School is comprised of both Malawian and US teachers with a strict cap on number of students per class (80) emphasizing quality and individual attention to each student.

Head Teacher: Abbie Morneault

Madam A Morneault

Madame Abbie Morneault (pronounced “More-No”) is a trained teacher from the United States with a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the American University, Washington D.C. Having taught for several years in USA schools as well as Malawian schools, she has been a proud partner in the formation of Wasambo. Under Madame Morneault’s leadership as the inaugural head teacher, she will steer the relationship with our partner, the University of Dayton (USA), with the aim of developing the school into a leader in Malawian education.

Deputy Head Teacher: James Mbale

James Mbale Wasambo High School Malawi

Mr. James Mbale joins the inaugural faculty of Wasambo Boys High School as Deputy Head Teacher. He brings with him a background in private boarding school leadership and an enthusiasm to build a strong foundation on which Wasambo Boys High School will grow. His previous post was as Deputy Head Teacher at Phwezi Boys Secondary School. Mr. Mbale has a bachelors degree from the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya and will teach in our Languages and Humanities Departments.

Teacher: Daniel Mnthali

Mr. Mnthali obtained his bachelor’s degree of Education Science from University of Malawi, Chancellor College, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He will join us as one of our science teachers and is excited to put into practice his wide range of education pedagogy.

Teacher:  Wanangwa Nyirenda

Mr. Wanangwa Nyirenda is one of our humanities teachers at Wasambo. He teaches all students History, Geography, and Agriculture. Mr. Nyirenda is a graduate of Mzuzu University with a degree in education (humanities) where he majored in Geography. He is also our sports coach and leads the wildlife club.

Teacher: Ben Dunkerley

Wasambo and our students are excited that Mr. Ben Dunkerley (UK) has decided to continue teaching with us through the following academic year. Mr Ben is a Mathematical Sciences teacher from the UK. He has been teaching Mathematics and Physics for the past year and we are very pleased that this year he will be adding Computer Science to our curriculum. This will give Wasambo Boys much needed, hand-on experience with modern technologies.

Wasambo High School Newsletters:

July 2018 – Term 2 and 3 Parent Newsletter

December 2017 – Term 1 Parent Newsletter