As a field coordinator for an agency dedicated to empowering women and children, Phillipina Nkota is passionate about teaching young people how to stand up to violence and abuse. Every week Nkota and her colleagues, who work for Ujamaa Pamodzi Africa, a non-government organization, visit primary schools in Mangochi.
Masuku Primary School is located near the Chiponde Mozambique border in Mangochi district. The school has a population of 2000 students, who attend the school from nearby villages. One of these students is Amina Banda (not her real name). She lives with her grandmother in Nakapa village along with her two siblings.
Chimwemwe Phiri, 12, loves to read. But because her school doesn’t have a library, she has to walk for two hours to reach the nearest library where she studies and borrows books. Her school doesn’t have enough classrooms either so many of the children take their lessons outside.
Collins Gwape, 17, is in Standard 8 at Magomero Primary School in Mangochi, Malawi. When he was younger, Collins was friends with a group of popular boys at school. They would often physically abuse girls and touch them inappropriately.
Funo Langa is a fundraising campaign for the Girls Secondary Education Trust Fund. It was set up to provide access to quality education for vulnerable students in Malawi, particularly girls. The Trust brings together existing scholarship schemes run by different organisations, including UNICEF, and will mobilize additional financial and technical resources to help academically successful students from poor backgrounds finish their secondary education.
Vanessa Kanzati is seated by the school hall. While she doesn’t have classes for several hours, she is studying as hard as she can. That’s because she goes to a double shift school and only has four hours of class each school day. She needs every spare moment to get ahead.
At 12 years old, Innocent Katiya might seem a little young to be an engineer. But the years he’s spent at Nankhali Primary School have given him all the qualifications he needs to help design the school’s new classroom block.
It is a hot, dry and windy day at Nankhali school, on the edge of Lilongwe. Most of the school is outdoors, with classes held under trees. Wherever there is a tree, dozens of children in blue school uniforms sit on the ground around a teacher, with a blackboard leant against the tree trunk.
Village Headman Kuruwe had a dream of improving the living conditions for children in his community. Using his influence he mobilized his community to mold bricks and with UNICEF's support they have managed to build a school block for learners.
My name is Chimwemwe Phiri. I am a standard 7 student at Nankhali Primary School. I come from Chonchola village, in Tsabango. My mother is a shopkeeper.
My school is located in Masakhwa village. Most schools in Malawi have adequate learning and teaching materials. But Nankhali doesn’t have these things.