A day wisiting rural primary schools


By Gp

Yesterday we went wisiting the primary schools in the surronding of Amalika.
Here, the DNS Team 2013 from our TTC (Teacher Training College) are spending their third year program, practicing all what they learned during the first two years in the college and during the bus trip.
It was a full day trip in more than 10 schools during which we hade the possibility to enter in contact with children, teachers, headmaster and the places where they work.

Despite the huge effort of the Malawian Governament, there is still a lot of work to do.
Classrooms are mostly empty, without or with really few fornitures and often the teachers use the shadow of a tree as a place where they do their lessons.
But the biggest problem, the one DAPP Malawi is mostly working on, is the student-to-teacher ratios.
Classes are composed by one teacher every 60, 80 or even 100 students and it is easy to understand how difficult is to obtain a quality education with such an issue.

During these first weeks in Malawi, one of the things I have noticed was the huge presence of young children in the villages and, as I experienced yesterday, in the schools.
Never in my life I have seen such a huge amount of young people, from age 4 to 12-14, above all in comparison to the percentage of adults.
Today I wanted to check if my impression were real, so I spent the whole morning searching on internet for statistic about that and I have found some interesting infos, over all comparing Malawi to a developed country as the U.S.A.


Age structure:  MALAWI USA
0-14 years: 46.9% (male 4,056,810/female 4,100,841)  19.4% (male 31,580,349/female 30,221,106) 
15-24 years:  20.2% (male 1,748,919/female 1,765,212)  13.7% (male 22,436,057/female 21,321,861) 
25-54 years: 27.1% (male 2,329,952/female 2,371,274)  39.9% (male 63,452,792/female 63,671,631) 
55-64 years: 3.1% (male 256,034/female 280,997)  12.6% (male 19,309,019/female 20,720,284) 
65 years and over: 2.7% (male 206,923/female 260,506) (2014 est.) 14.5% (male 20,304,644/female 25,874,360) (2014 est.)



The huge percentage of children from age 0 to 14 shows how urgent is the need for teachers and quality education in Malawi.
If the situation remain as today, with so many learners and so few teachers, how many potential scientists, medical doctors, writers we are loosing?
How many inventions won’t be discovered or deseases won’t be debelled?

This is the question was still running in my mind, while I made this poster and this is the main reason I’m here in Malawi for this 8 months project in DAPP Amalika.










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