Multi-billion Kwacha UKAid education investments handed over to the Government of Malawi to improve learning outcomes
Modern school infrastructure to improve the learning environment and sanitation in schools
The UK government has handed over new and modern school infrastructure to improve the learning environment and sanitation in schools, with an aim to support children, especially girls, to attend school regularly and succeed in their learning.
Karonga, 16 May 2018- The UK Government has handed over education infrastructure worth £11.09 million (circa MWK11 billion) to the Government of Malawi, aimed at improving the learning environment in primary and secondary schools so as to support children, especially girls to attend school regularly and succeed in their learning.
The UK handed over 158 classrooms, 52 teacher houses powered by solar energy, 21 administration blocks, 312 latrines and 46 urinals and six digital learning centres in 28 of the most remote and disadvantaged primary schools in Malawi. The symbolic handover took place at Maro Primary School in Karonga, one of the schools that benefited.
The UK also handed over sanitation infrastructure built by UNICEF through UKAid support under the Keeping Girls in School programme. Together, the UK and UNICEF have built 3000 latrines and 80 boreholes to improve sanitation in 300 Community Day Secondary Schools as part of a larger programme that aimed to improve the school environment and support structures to help girls stay in school.
Interim DFID Country Director Chris Austin, said:
“Malawi has made great strides in improving accessing to education over the past twenty years. However, school construction has not kept pace with the overwhelming demand for education.
“The infrastructure being handed over today is evidence of the UK’s strong commitment to Malawi’s development. In particular, we are keen that UK support to the education system will ensure more children, especially girls, attend school regularly and succeed in their learning. But there remains a lot more to do to provide a quality learning environment for all, and we hope the government continues to prioritise this in the future.”
UNICEF Malawi Representative, Johannes Wedening, said:
“With only 23% of schools having adequate sanitary facilities, girls’ education suffers heavily from unhygienic or non-existent latrines. The UK’s investment in the KGIS Programme, is a critical investment for girls.
“Today, children in 300 secondary schools in 15 districts have access to better latrines, and adolescent girls can confidently participate in school without worrying about how to manage their menstruation and personal hygiene in school.”
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Hon Bright Msaka SC, said:
“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is committed to ensuring that each and every child in Malawi has access to inclusive quality education. Good and purposeful infrastructure will go a long way in bringing children to school and more importantly will entice them to stay in school, especially the girl child. My ministry will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all schools across the country have necessary infrastructure and other teaching and learning materials so that the quality of teaching and learning is improved. My appreciation to our partners for the timely support and let me call upon more others to join this cause, as the challenges before us are still many.”
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