Quality Education- Best Strategy for Sustaining the Lives of Rural Children
Malawi is one of the countries that are currently making strides increasing schooling levels in order to improve quality of education at both primary and secondary age children. Despite this progress, Malawi’s primary education system is still overwhelmed by many problems among them, high rate of school dropout, high pupil/teacher ratio, high repetition rates, inadequate teaching and learning facilities such as infrastructure and, mediocre teaching methodologies that emphasize on memorization of learning as opposed to underscoring on the development understanding of the content being delivered.
Mangochi, a district that lies on the lake shore in the southern region of Malawi, has over 1.2 million people out of which 260,000 are in primary school. But it is sad to note that only 16 % of the total will complete their primary school education. The situation is bad for girls as only 13 percent complete standard eight, with this background Mai Aisha Trust is supporting basic education at primary and secondary school levels with a total enrolment of about 700 learners in the primary section and 36 learners in the secondary. The primary school started in 2008 while the Secondary section was opened in 2016 with 36 learners in form one.
Namalweso Secondary school was constructed with financial support from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
The establishment of the two schools at Namalweso has eased the hardships children experience through walking long distances of over 20 kilometers greatly experienced among girl children hence forcing them into early marriages and high cases of unplanned pregnancies.
MAT believes this is the best strategy for sustaining the lives of these rural children because by giving them education with supportive guardian involvement and training to equip them with the skills will help them when they grow up.