Hope for girls: how the UN is working to keep girls in school

Issa Alfred Saidi’s job often takes him beyond his head teacher office at Nampinjuja Primary School in Mangochi, Malawi. He is quite often found making house calls, visiting learners who are absent from school or appear to be facing some problems. Issa is a man who commands great respect in the school and surrounding community. He is also a cheerful man and is a favorite among his students, with whom he is often found laughing with.

Providing emergency assistance through cash transfers

Mwandida Kazembe has one job: ensuring her four children have enough to eat. It’s not an easy task. The family has struggled since her husband’s death seven years ago. Farming is Mwandida’s only source of food; she grows maize on a small garden plot. In a good year, she harvests five bags of maize, enough to feed her family for about five months. However, there haven’t been enough good years lately so she’s had to make do with just two or three bags each year. “The rain is unpredictable, it comes late or too little,” says Mwandida.

Day of the African Child: Education can ensure we leave no child behind

Today, Saturday 16 June, countries across the African continent are celebrating the Day of the African Child. This commemoration was put in place by the African Union (AU) almost two decades ago, and has gone from strength to strength. This year, Malawi is hosting the celebrations. As a country where children account for over half the population, this is both timely and welcome.

Jombo Children’s Corner helps Gertrude go back to school

The clouds are clearing in Enukweni in rural Mzuzu after some summer rain in the afternoon. Children are gathering toys and playing games near the trading centre as they wait for the rest of their peers to arrive to participate in the afternoon’s children’s corner activities. A composed and cheerful Gertrude Chirambo is one of these children.