Educational institutions in Chikwawa and Nsanje are often under-resourced and teachers lack adequate training. Early childhood education is recognised by many as significant in a child’s development; however, many parents do not recognise its importance.
Many community based childcare centres (CBCCs) have little to no resources and the teachers are often untrained. Dropout rates and absenteeism in schools are high as families often cannot afford school fees, uniforms and books.
There have been increased rates of school dropouts among girls due to high poverty levels, peer pressure and low self-esteem. There are little resources for adult education and adult illiteracy rates remain high.
- Raise awareness on the importance of early childhood development among parents.
- Educate parents on the importance of education to reduce dropout rates.
- Improve school facilities and ensure schools have access to adequate teaching resources.
- Provide training to untrained teachers to improve standard of education.
- Establish adult education centre to reduce illiteracy rates.