For every child Quality Learning and Protection

UNICEF Malawi - Pillar 2 Brief

Learners in class at a school in rural lilongwe
UNICEF Malawi/2022/Homeline Media


Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranked 172 out of 189 countries listed on the Human Development Index in 2019.1 Some 71 per cent of the population live on less than US$1.90 per day,2 and most people in rural communities are subsistence farmers. An estimated 61 per cent of children aged 0–17 years are now considered multi-dimensionally poor (deprived of two or more essential services) compared to 63 per cent in 2012-13.3

UNICEF works to deliver a lifecycle approach, providing quality services for children across three pillars including:

  1. Early Childhood, for children aged 0–5, with a focus on the first 1,000 days.
  2. School-aged Children, for children aged 6–18, with a focus on young adolescents, aged 10–14.
  3. Child-friendly, Inclusive, Resilient Communities that help realize the Early Childhood and School-aged Children goals, encompassing the full lifecycle of childhood.

 Through this approach, UNICEF can make the greatest possible impact during key moments in the lives of children in Malawi. Under School-aged Children, the educational needs of children in and out of school are addressed. UNICEF believes every child in Malawi – regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much their family earns – has the right to go to school and learn.

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