Education in Malawi

The educational system in Malawi is short of buildings, supplies, equipment, and teachers. Vast numbers of children cannot afford to go to school past the third or fourth grade. As late as 2005, sixty-two percent of the children entering primary school reached only the second grade; while only thirty-four percent reached grade five.

Malawi schools are quite proud of their success when they possess sufficient supplies or a large number of books in their libraries, as shown in the picture above.

Education Stories

  • BOONE COUNTY SCHOOLS ASSIST MALAWI

    BOONE COUNTY SCHOOLS ASSIST MALAWI

    Lebanon, Indiana … In recent years the public school system of Boone County Indiana has become a major contributor of textbooks and school supplies to public schools in Malawi, Central Africa. Through the Malawi Project and Action for Progress, literally thousands of schoolbooks have been donated and sent to Malawi schools nationwide. The books gain…

  • TRANSPORT COMPANY RECEIVES CONTAINER # 361

    TRANSPORT COMPANY RECEIVES CONTAINER # 361

    The threat of rain, and an early spring touch of cold, hung in the air as the tractor and 40-foot shipping container moved into position to receive the shipment for Malawi. The volunteers, those who would load the trailer, and those who had packed and prepared the pallets of goods, moved closer to the action…

  • CONSERVING AFRICA’S FORESTS

    CONSERVING AFRICA’S FORESTS

    Fire Sticks The world has been chopping down 10 million hectares of trees each year to make space to grow crops and livestock, and to produce materials such as paper. This accounts for about 16% of total tree loss cover. 96% of deforestation takes place in tropical forests. Malawi, and much of central Africa, is…

  • MONTESSORI STUDENTS “HEAD THE CLASS”

    MONTESSORI STUDENTS “HEAD THE CLASS”

    Lebanon, Indiana … The excitement was evident as Malawi Project board members Jim Messenger, Suzi Stephens, and Dick Stephens greeted the staff and students at the Redwood Montessori School in Lebanon, Indiana. The students had gathered in the church’s shelter house to present the board with over 7,000 toilet paper(tp) rolls they have collected for…

  • THE ONLY SCHOOL WITH CHAIRS

    THE ONLY SCHOOL WITH CHAIRS

    The Liwuto Primary School was opened in 2013. It is a government sponsored school, located in the central region of Malawi. Enrollment stands at 688 with 366 girls and 322 boys. Like many public schools in Malawi, the lack of resources tops the list of challenges. For example, the school has only 13 desks. This…

  • THE NEED FOR SUPPLIES

    THE NEED FOR SUPPLIES

    It does little good to suggest a person should fish rather than being handed the fish if there are no resources for a fishing pole, line and sinker, bait, and a lake or pond with fish. In many cases, the intense poverty of Malawi makes it impossible to subscribe to more modern methods when they…

  • APPRECIATION FOR A PENCIL!

    “Have you ever been excited with a pencil?”  “Have you ever thanked God for that simple piece of wood, clay, and graphite?” If you have never expressed appreciation for something as simple, yet as important, as a pencil. Perhaps it is long overdue.  “Wow, you are crazy,” you might say. “Thank God for a pencil.” “That is…

  • THIRTEEN IS NOT AN UNLUCKY NUMBER

    THIRTEEN IS NOT AN UNLUCKY NUMBER

    Lebanon, Indiana … Nearing the end of the year three shipments of supplies were making their way to Malawi. For some people the number 13 signals bad luck. But for the people of Malawi, this number will be seen as a blessing from God.  Thanks to Kristy Scott and the staff and contributors at World Emergency…

  • Dan’s Goals in Focus

    Dan’s Goals in Focus

    Heber Springs, Arkansas … Dan Brewer, a member of the Malawi Project’s Board of Directors, and his wife, Debbie, own Abbe House Bed and Breakfast in Heber Springs, (listed on Trip Advisor as the #1 bed and breakfast in the area). Dan is a private contractor for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Indianapolis,…

  • SO MANY LIKE YOBU

    SO MANY LIKE YOBU

    The school year had just started. Children running, laughing, playing, sharing, learning. But along with the beginning of school had come the rains, the deluge that sweeps over Malawi every year.  Heavy rains, constant rain, rain coming down in torrents for hours. It is an unbearable time of year for those who must crawl on…

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