Malawi

Country Profile

Malawi is a relatively small landlocked country in southeastern Africa. It is well known for its large number of extensive lakes and extensive highlands. Lake Nyasa, also known as Lake Malawi, takes up about 20% of the total area. Like the landscape, Malawi’s climate also varies throughout the year, with a dry and wet season. In the low-lying areas in the south, Malawi's climate is hot and dry, and it is temperate in the northern highlands. The altitude moderates what would otherwise be an equatorial climate. Between November and April, the temperature is warm with equatorial rains and thunderstorms, with the storms reaching their peak severity in late March. After March, the rainfall rapidly diminishes to almost no rainfall from May to September. Blantyre, Zomba, Kasungu, and Mangoch are some of the country’s major cities. Since Malawi is a landlocked country, its economy cannot fully depend on trade. which is why Malawi’s economy is agriculture-based. Some of the most important crops in Malawi are Tobacco, Sugar, Cotton, and tea.

Malawi consists of people from vastly different ethnic backgrounds: Chewa, Lomwe, and Yao. English is one of the most spoken languages in the country, considering its past as a British colony. Alternatively, Chichewa is a native language almost spoken by about half of Malawi's population. Almost three-quarters of the population is Christian, the majority of whom belong to independent Christian groups, while the rest are Roman Catholics. The Muslim population makes up approximately one-fifth of the total population. Under the Constitution, there is a president who may serve up to two five-year terms and two vice presidents, all of whom are elected by universal suffrage. The government and state are overseen by the president. The president appoints the cabinet. The legislature is unicameral which means that its members also are elected by universal suffrage and serve five-year terms. The country is divided into a number of administrative subdivisions—district, city, municipality, and town—that are governed by assemblies.

POPULATION

19,746,251 as of Thursday, September 9, 2021

CAPITAL

Lilongwe

CURRENCY

Malawian kwacha

FUN FACT

Malawi is nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”, for the nature of its welcoming people.

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

In Malawi, primary education is required of all students. However, there are not enough teachers for all the students that go to school in Malawi. The overcrowding of classrooms is found to be another catalyst of high drop-out rates in Malawian schools. With students not receiving one-on-one feedback and lacking the resources to learn, many lose hope in the educational system. Though efforts have been made to increase the number of teachers in Malawi for all the students, it is still not enough. With around 4.6 million students enrolled in schools throughout Malawi, only eight percent of them complete secondary school. Moreover, only 14.9 percent of adult females obtain at least a secondary education, compared to 24.2 percent of males. 83% percent of first-grade students are unable to read a single syllable, and 92% of these students fail to read a single word. Malawi is ranked the weakest for its performance in English reading and second weakest for mathematics against other southern African countries.



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu provides free, quality education for these students who cannot access it at their schools. In Malawi, Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with various organizations to improve the lives of students and women, and young mothers. Strive2Thrive Edu provides these women classes in English, public speaking, and business skills. The donations and the services we provide help the women and children have all the resources they need to be more confident and achieve their academic and professional dreams.

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
By partnering with these organizations, Strive2Thrive is providing them with the teachers they need to help their students stay motivated at school. Our tutors provide the students with personal attention, making sure to clear any and all issues they might have. By educating women in the workforce, we are promoting a culture of equality, and empowerment.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:

 
 

  • 3.3 END THE EPIDEMICS AND COMBAT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
  • 3.D STRENGTHEN THE CAPACITY OF ALL COUNTRIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL AND GLOBAL HEALTH RISKS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Through the quality classes of Strive2Thrive Edu, we promote good health and hygiene, which is important at a time when social distancing is crucial like the global pandemic. We are specialized in providing classes that do not require physical contact, ie via the internet. Hence, there have been no obstacles in teaching our students even in challenging times.

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.3 EQUAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL, AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 4.4 INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH RELEVANT SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
  • 4.7 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive tutors teach multiple subjects in Malawi, including English, public speaking, and business skills. By teaching students and women these subjects, we hope to inspire them to reach their potential. These lessons will not only assist our students in obtaining basic knowledge, but they will also enable our students to pick up skills they are passionate about and obtain stable employment in the future. We are doing our best to encourage these students and keep them motivated.

  • 5.1 END ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS EVERYWHERE
  • 5.B ENHANCE THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu’s goals for women’s empowerment align directly with UN Sustainable development goal number 5, which relates to gender equality. We are providing women with the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities, making them competent and well-versed in the social and professional scene of Malawi.

  • 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: By providing these classes, we are also helping to close the gender education gap and the socio-economic gap that exists in underserved areas of the world. We provide education to underprivileged children free of cost. This encourages more children to join, promoting equity and equality. Therefore, initiatives like ours reduce the wealth gaps that are prominent in Malawi.

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu has partnered with various organizations to support women and children in Malawi. Our partnership can provide needed donations, lessons, etc. to underprivileged children. We engage these organizations in projects that contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, we hope that by partnering with this organization and others in the future, we can create an environment that helps more students succeed.

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