Roadblocks in Education

Education continues to challenge the developmental path of Malawi despite monumental progress. In 1994, the government increased attendance rates by establishing free primary education for all children. However, Malawi struggles to meet the resources necessary for the growing demand in education.  Though bold and aggressive, the massive surge in Primary School enrollment, 1.9 million to 3.2 million in the first year, led to an understaffed and underfunded education system.  In order to accommodate the substantial rise in attendance, Malawi would require 38,000 additional classrooms.

In addition to the shortage of educational infrastructure, teaching in Malawi suffers from a lack of human resources. The pupil to classroom ratio is an astonishing 100:1 with a pupil to teacher ratio of 76:1 in 2011, one of the highest gaps in the world according to the World Bank. The lack of infrastructure and human resources in Malawi’s educational system has resulted in a detrimental aftermath.

Shifting Statistics through Education:

  • 3% of children of primary school- age who are out of school
  • 53% of eligible Malawian children remain in school by Standard 8 (8th grade)
  • Only 9% of primary school students were found to have reached a minimum level of mastery in reading and English
  • A meager 2% of students retain skills beyond basic numeracy
  •  Youth (ages 15-24) literacy rate is 87%
  • 71% of children complete a full course of primary
  • 29% of boys and girls are enrolled in secondary school
  • 3.4% of the population complete secondary school
  • Only 1% of the population attends university



With your support, HELP is committed to collaborating with the Malawian community to improve education by expanding infrastructure, human resources and secondary scholarships:

  •  Nanthomba Full Primary School
  •  Assistant Teacher Program
  •  Permaculture
  •  Entrepreneurship Classes
  •  Library/Administration Building

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