The School of Dreams was founded by Canadian Filmmaker, Benjamin Jordan and Godfrey Masauli, who Jordan helped become Malawi's first Paraglider pilot in 2011. Through photography and film, the pair aimed to gain the international support needed to build a Paragliding School and Inspiration Centre in Malawi. The greater goal was to inspire youth to stay in school and decrease the dropout rate, a staggering 93%.
With their wildly successful film, "The Boy Who Flies
", the duo captured the hearts and imaginations all audiences all over the world and, with the generous help of Erica Dobie, used that film to fundraise towards their great vision.
In 2014, Benjamin, Godfrey and Erica returned to Malawi to explore its paragliding potential and find the ultimate location for their school. During that 4-month expedition, Godfrey realized he did not want to run the school and instead used the relationships built through the project, to realize his true goal of becoming a commercial airplane pilot. Jordan and Dobie remained in Malawi, discovered the Nazareth Community Centre
in Mganja village, the ultimate location for the school, and laid the groundwork for years to come.
In May of 2016, Benjamin returned on his own and officially opened the school. While there, he teamed up with Mathew Hau Hau, a bright young man who became Jordan's paragliding student
during the day, and parter in establishing community projects at night. Together, they opened the Solar Powered Internet Centre
for youth and the Mganja Women's Tailoring Project,
helping youth access information about their passions, and providing a means for women to earn additional income so that their families won't go hungry during times of reduced harvest.