Literacy rates in Malawi are very low: only around two in three adults are able to read and write. Girls and women are often expected to take care of children and the household. This means that women have lower levels of education and only 3% have completed secondary school. Low education levels affect people’s future life and employment opportunities, making it harder to break out of poverty.
Temwa improves reading and writing skills of primary-aged children through weekly after-school Reading Camps. Temwa runs a community library in the town of Usisya, and is helping to establish libraries at local schools. These provide the wider community with access to books, educational materials and a quiet place to learn.
Secondary school bursaries
Whilst primary school in Malawi is free, secondary school is not, meaning that only 25% of children go on to receive a secondary education. Through Temwa’s bursaries, we enable secondary school-aged children to continue with their education. The bursaries are awarded to gifted students annually from the most vulnerable families who aren’t able to afford school fees.
Almost equal numbers of girls and boys start primary school in Nkhata Bay North. But girls often drop out due to long distances, lack of safe places to stay, poor sanitation and menstruation.
Temwa works with local governance to raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education. We have also built a girls’ hostel at one local secondary school, and are running Village Reading Groups for young women.
Read more on our education projects in our latest education report.
Read more on our bursary projects in our latest literacy report.