Basic quality education
Basic quality education is a fundamental right for every child enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, in Malawi, the 2011 Welfare and Monitoring Survey indicated that 21.6 percent of persons aged 6-29 have never attended school. The education sector faces a number of challenges such as lack of qualified teachers, inadequate classrooms, shortage of teaching and learning materials, poor sanitation facilities among others. Currently the teacher to pupil ratio is 1:95. Only 23 percent of schools possess adequate sanitary facilities. To address the above challenges faced by the primary education sector, UNICEF supports advocacy and policy dialogue at all levels on the importance of providing quality basic education for all children through flexible approaches.
To ensure that National education sector strategies and systems are strengthened to address low survival rates and high internal systemic inefficiencies and support provided to ensure that schools in 10 low performing districts record at least 50 percent increased retention, learning achievement, survival to grade 8 and transition rates to secondary education
Strategies and Actions