Education is a human right, it's not a pivilege
Zambia to the west, Tanzania to the east and Mosambique to the south - Malawi, a country 1/3 as large as Germany and only about 1/6 of the population. Few natural resources, no war in this or the past centrury, Malawi is amongst the poorest countries in the world. But Malawi has enormous potential.
Almost half of the population is younger than 15 years old, but only 7 in every 10 children attend school. There is as yet no compulsory school attendance in Malawi and it costs money to attend school. In addition to this, the student-teacher ratio is on average 1 to 60. It is not seldom that lessons are held outdoors. Approximately 40% of Malawi's population is illiterate. Only a quarter of the children complete school, only 5% attend a secondary school.
Since 2010, this is where Support Malawi is helping. With little money, we can provide support that will have long lasting effects , improving the living conditions on an individual basis and then gradually throughout the entire population. For example, an elementary school teacher costs less than USD 1500 annually, for USD 10000 a school building can be errected.
We are sponsoring selected projects, which serve the educational opportunities of children and adults - specific, innovative, sustanible, to render unnecessary in the long term.
In the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi chapter 3, §25:
(1) All persons are entitled to education.
(2) Primary education shall be compulsory and free to all to the maximum of the State's available resources with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of this right.
(3) Primary education shall consist of at least five years of education.
(4) Private schools and other private institutions of higher learning shall be permissible, provided that:
(a) such schools or institutions are registered with a State department in accordance with the law;
(b) the standards maintained by such schools or institutions are not inferior to official standards;
(c) no restrictions are imposed with respect to the admission of pupils based on grounds other than religion;
(d) no restrictions are imposed with respect to the recruitment of staff based on grounds other than religion.
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