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Local hero: a rural teacher works hard to keep children in school

UNICEF Malawi/2017/Brown


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 and the main road from Lilongwe to Blantyre. While older children learn in the classrooms, their younger counterparts sit in the shade beneath giant trees, watching teachers write on portable blackboards leant against the trunks.

Meet Sydney: a rural teacher juggling two classes in one day

 UNICEF Malawi/2017/van der Merwe


Sydney Chiunda, 30, is a teacher at a rural school in Nkhatabay District. The school is located over 30 kilometres from Nkhatabay Boma but less than two kilometres from Lake Malawi. It is common seeing fishermen passing by the school carrying their daily catch. The school has a combination of old and new structures, with the recent additions being the newly built Child Friendly classrooms, an administration block and a library.

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UNICEF Malawi/2014

UNICEF has been operating in Malawi since 1987. The current UNICEF/ Government of Malawi Country Programme of Cooperation aims to support national efforts to progressively realise the rights of children and women through improved child survival, development, protection and participation. 

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