We are really pleased to offer our second Thatching Course: Module One, scheduled to begin on October 25th!  Thatched roofs are beautiful, long-lasting (average 20 – 25 years!), and eco- friendly. They moderate temperatures to provide comfortable and cool environments in the hot season, and a quiet atmosphere in even the hardest rains. Additionally, using thatch supports the production of Malawian building materials and other local economies.

ABOUT THATCHING

Thatched roofs are beautiful, long-lasting (average 20 – 25 years!), and eco- friendly. They moderate temperatures to provide comfortable and cool environments in the hot season, and a quiet atmosphere in even the hardest rains. Additionally, using thatch supports the production of Malawian building materials and other local economies.

ABOUT THE COURSE STRUCTURE

THEORY, DEMONSTRATION & PRACTICE

This course is designed for beginner thatchers with or without experience. A theoretical base is built from class work as well as showing of various existing structures and thatches on the property. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practicals that will enable participants to return to their place of work and implement the principles and techniques learnt. Whilst the course does not cover the actual design and construction of the supporting structures, a thorough review of the principles will ensure a good understanding of basic requirements.

COURSE LANGUAGE

The course will be conducted in English with full translation into Chichewa

TOPICS COVERED

  • Broad overview of thatching
  • Reverse thatching
  • Materials sourcing and planning
  • Thatching and combing
  • Equipment needed and how to make it
  • Joining and corners
  • Review of underlying structures and pest protection
  • Overview of dormer windows
  • Fire precaution
  • Ridging and capping
  • When to thatch
  • Finishing
  • Personal safety for thatchers
  • Troubleshooting, maintenance and repair

THE FACILITATION TEAM

Mada Siebert, facilitator at NGP and Paul Mwale, an experienced teacher and accomplished thatcher, join up with the well-practiced Kumbali thatching team. Every participant will receive personal tuition from a dedicated Kumbali thatcher during practicals to ensure a thorough and correct grasp of techniques.

COURSE DATES AND TIMES

  • Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 2010,  7:30am to 5:00pm.

CERTIFICATION

Upon successful completion and with full attendance, participants will receive a certificate of attendance which highlights the main areas of competency.

COSTS

Quoted below in USD, and payable in MK at bank rates of exchange

  • $370.00 per person includes the 5 day, 35 hour theory and practical course, with lunch and two tea breaks (with nutritious snacks) every day

PLEASE NOTE: We aim to provide training to anyone who wants it and do not want cost to be a prohibitive factor in participation on the course. Please contact us if you wish to donate money to sponsor someone or if you need sponsorship for this course