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.
19,746,251 as of Thursday, September 9, 2021
Malawi is nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”, for the nature of its welcoming people.
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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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
- 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
- 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
- 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
- 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
- 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS