Rita is a bright 16-year-old who usually finishes in the top five of her class. She’s confident and outgoing, and laughs easily. Rita is approaching her final exams, and expected to do well. Sitting on a bench outside her classroom with a group of friends at break time, it is easy to imagine her having a bright future. But for Rita, her obvious potential was not always sure to be achieved. She comes from a very poor family, and without a scholarship, might not have finished school at all.
Adolescent girls in class at Nkumba in Mangochi © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Eldson Chagara By Joseph Scott, UNICEF Malawi Following a good harvest this year, Malawi’s hunger crisis has eased for the time being. But it’s only a matter of time before the next drought or flood occurs. This series looks at how communities are preparing themselves … Continue reading Stories of resilience: Small loans help girls go back to school
By Isaac Kadam’manja, Form 3 student, Chinsapo Secondary School Isaac Kadam’manja, Form 3 student, Chinsapo Secondary School © UNICEF/2018/Naomi Kalemba Cholera is a diarrheal disease that is caused by bacteria. The first cholera cases in Malawi were recorded around 1976. Since then many people have lost their lives to the disease. People can contract cholera … Continue reading What causes cholera?
In Malawi the national school drop-out rate hovers around 10.5% due due to reasons which include long distances from home to school forcing children to stay home; poverty as well as unfriendly school environments including lack of class room infrastructure. For adolescent girls, their reasons for dropping out of school are compounded by the lack of dignified sanitation facilities