A new primary school
For 1,500 children in Malawi

The first phase of the project has been completed a Junior Primary School in Mangochi. Preschoolers can attend school from grade 1 to 4.

  • Four classrooms;

  • Four teacher houses.

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What is the situation like?

It is an area where 1500 children are not receiving an education (numbers were gathered by local chiefs). The project originated from the locals and local ownership is central. Thorough research has been done by the government whether the school can be built. The ownership of this project is in the hands of the locals. The locals can make the bricks and help build the school.

Jao culture and education in Mangochi

The Jaos are the inhabitants of the Mangochi area. The Jaos are predominantly Muslim. Education is poorly developed in this area. It is among the top five least developed regions (34 regions) in Malawi. Schools are far apart. Government policy is that there should be an elementary school every 3 kilometers, but in practice this is not the case. Children often have to travel long distances to attend school. As a result, children do not attend school until later in life. They often do not start the first grade until the age of 12. Children who enter later join younger children in class. As a result, school dropout rates among these children are high. Other reasons for school dropout include:

  • Less priority is given to education in Muslim culture. The trend now is for Muslims to return to this. Education among Muslims is on the rise.
  • Around the lake, a lot of money is made by selling fish and other commodities. Children and youth choose money over education.
  • Girls marry early causing them not to finish school.

Preventing dropout among children

One of the problems of education is that there is a high dropout rate among children. This can have several causes. Consider hygiene, no food at school, no proper sanitation and no recreational opportunities.

  • The school is therefore equipped with toilets with separate areas for girls so that girls can change themselves when they are menstruating. These areas should also be provided with trash cans.
  • Running water is a must. A Solar pump has been drilled so that clean and safe drinking water is always available.
  • The school is equipped with solar panels. This means the children can also attend school in the evening to read and learn.
  • The school is equipped with recreational facilities, such as: soccer field, netball court and other sports facilities.

The school currently operates with two shifts. This means that twice as many students can receive education. There are currently 930 students using the school. Meanwhile, the second phase of Project Bolera has begun. We are currently collecting for 50,000 new building blocks and an expansion of the school. Read all about phase 2: building a school in malawi here!

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