In 1994, the Malawi Government introduced the Universal Primary Education (UPE) – where learners (pupils) in primary schools learn for free. Enrollment numbers rose from 1.8 million to 3.2 million learners with no addition of teachers, classroom, supplies and even toilets. The situation led to overcrowding in classes that sees 120 learners with 1 teacher; poor quality education outcomes were apparent evidenced by high repetition and dropout rates.
RaHoM in collaboration with the Malawi Government runs remedial educational initiatives dubbed as “Academic Innovation” to attend to these challenges through:
- Primary School (Elementary) Remedial Program (Afterschool Program)
- Primary School Enhancement Program
In this program, 350 learners are given a second chance to learn the same materials they learn in their normal classes but with a touch of creativity. Before the sessions, we feed them since many of them cannot afford 3 meals a day. The program reaches out to 5 public schools in Blantyre and now, we have 90% primary school completion rate better than the national rate of 60%. Activities include: tutoring, quiz competitions, home work assistance, group and individual mentoring, field trips, bible studies, games (sports).
We support and train over 800 teachers, serve 65,000 learners and we are in 57 primary schools in Zomba rural running the Primary School Enhancement Program, which has two-fold strands: 1) Basic Education Project – that aims to see Children develop and learn to their full potential and 2) School Health and Nutrition Project – that aims to improve children’s health for better learning.