Main Barriers to Education
- Lack of schools & sanitation facilities
- Childhood marriage
- Civil unrest
Interventions to Barriers
- School construction
- Provision of learning materials
- Community engagement
- Training parent leaders
The Government of Malawi has taken on the issue of reforming the country’s education sector seriously and made some noted gains. For instance, between 2008 and 2013, primary-school enrolment increased by 16 per cent at an average annual growth rate of 4 per cent. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has elaborated the Education Sector Implementation Plan II to address questions of quality, improve management/resource delivery and reach marginalised children.
In spite of Malawi’s progress expanding access to primary education, the country’s education sector is still beset with challenges. Official data indicates that as recently as 2013, the average primary student to classroom ratio was 124:1, which is a marked increase from years prior. Though the country has made strides with regard to the percentage of trained primary-level teachers in service, the figures, after a steep decline in 2011, have not since fully recovered the lost ground. The student to qualified teacher ratio in 2013 was a formidable 95:1. Moreover, the sector faces multi-dimensional challenges, such as inadequate school facilities, low learning achievement and a capacity deficit in school management capabilities.
In support of OOSC, EAC has partnered with buildOn to increase access to quality primary education. To that end, buildOn will prioritise: community and parental engagement through outreach and training; the construction of new primary schools across the country; and the establishment of government partnerships to provide teachers with learning materials and supplies.
Geographic Location: Southern Africa
Languages: English (official), Chichewa, Chilambya, Chilomwe, Chingoni, Chinkhonde, Chinyakyusa, Chinyanja, Chisena, Chitonga, Chitumbuka, Chiyao