Edukans in Malawi
Education in Malawi
Malawi, with a population of 17.5 million according to recent data from the Demographic and Health Survey released by the National Statistics Office in January 2019, is home to nearly 5 million illiterate people, most of whom are women, girls and underprivileged youth and children , living in rural areas. As the country strives to fight illiteracy through implementation of free primary education introduced in 1994, the biggest challenge is to ensure every child receives quality education, which remains a pipe dream due to acute shortages of trained and qualified teachers, lack of teaching and learning materials, and infrastructure shortages. Poverty levels are high and this contributes to early marriages and high school dropout rates especially in secondary schools where fees still hinder access to education. Unemployment rate is high especially for youth, most of whom lack skills to find jobs or engage in entrepreneurship.
Edukans Foundation has been supporting education activities in Malawi since 2006. However, it was ten years later, in 2016, that a country office was established, in the capital city, Lilongwe, following the recruitment of its first Country Representative, Limbani Nsapato.
Edukans programmes in Malawi contribute towards the global mission of training and educating young people for a better life. The programmes are implemented in partnership with Education Expertise Development Foundation as a strategic partner, alongside other organizations such as Teachers Union of Malawi, Girls Education Network(GENET), Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE), Farmers Forum for Trade and Social Justice (FAFOTRAJ) and Teacher Training Colleges. The programmes respond to three focus areas of quality education, gender and skills and jobs.
In 2019, Edukans has planned to reach out to 74,960 boys and girls in primary and community day secondary schools as well as 150 young people in agribusiness. The main projects are Her Education Her Right! funded by the European Union; STAR School Model in Community Day Secondary Schools funded by MasterCard Foundation and STAR School Model in Primary Schools funded by Edukans Foundation Netherlands. These projects are being implemented across 30 primary schools and 26 community day secondary schools in 11 targeted districts in Malawi. The districts include Blantyre, Chikwawa, Mangochi, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Zomba, Lilongwe, Mzimba, Mzuzu, Karonga and Nkhata Bay. The country office is also implementing a pilot skills project whose focus is on empowering up to 150 young people in Lilongwe with agribusiness skills so that they use agricultural products to earn income and improve their livelihood.
Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF)
Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF) is a strategic partner of Edukans in Malawi. EEDF is a local Malawian NGO registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act. The vision of EEDF is a society where Malawians are enjoying quality life. Its mission is Seeking to empower and transform lives of the underprivileged and vulnerable through the provision of Early Childhood Development, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Training & Youth Empowerment, Governance and Management. EEDF contributes highly to the provision of quality basic education by supporting the implementation of the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) to improve the lives of underprivileged and vulnerable children in Malawi. EEDF has its main office in Blantyre, and plans are underway to have an office in Lilongwe and other parts of the country.
- Limbani Nsapato
- Country Representative, Edukans Malawi
- Limbani Nsapato
Ambitions 2020 Malawi
- 250 certified STAR schools
- among them at least 50 schools support comprehensive sexuality education
- yearly successful Edukans exchanges: World Teacher
Visit of Dutch Ambassadors Nick and Simon to Malawi.