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.

Big Classrooms, Big Problems: Investing in the future through investing in education

Edith Chiwalo during a Chichewa lesson at Mbayani primary school in Blantyre  © UNICEF Malawi /2017 /Eldson Chagara By Naomi Kalemba, UNICEF Malawi Mbayani Primary School Edith Chiwalo teaches standard three at the Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre. Her class has 177 children. Mbayani Primary School is located in the middle of the densely populated and … Continue reading Big Classrooms, Big Problems: Investing in the future through investing in education

Little by little: Malawian school girl follows her dreams

Joyce Chisale in class at St Michael’s Girls Secondary School, after receiving her scholarship  © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Eldson Chagara By Andrew Brown, UNICEF Malawi St Michael’s Girls School in Mangochi is one of the better secondary schools in Malawi, although by international standards it doesn’t look like much. The buildings are run down with broken windows … Continue reading Little by little: Malawian school girl follows her dreams

Local hero: a rural teacher keeps children in school

Esther Ndiwo Banda teaches a class on life skills at a rural school in Dedza © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Andrew Brown By Andrew Brown, UNICEF Malawi Makankhula Full Primary School in Dedza is typical of Malawi’s rural schools. A row of brick and concrete buildings front onto a wide playing field between a range of low hills … Continue reading Local hero: a rural teacher keeps children in school