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Malawi: Government Calls for More Support in Education Sector

Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima has called upon various stakeholders and partners to consider pumping in more support in the education sector.

Wirima made these remarks on Tuesday during the launch of the Back to School Campaign at Kalima Primary School in Chikwawa district.

She said Cyclone Freddy caused huge damage to education infrastructure in the country.

According to Wirima, 72 Classrooms, 87 teachers houses and over 980 WASH facilities were fully destroyed, while 460 classrooms, 423 teachers houses, 542 WASH facilities were partially destroyed, requiring reconstruction and rehabilitation respectively.

“For instance, schools hosted Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result, there was too much pressure on the already constrained WASH facilities in schools,” adding that other services that were compromised included, but not least to child protection; and school feeding.

She said these, among others, are the barriers that prevent teachers and learners the right to deliver and receive education in a safe and conducive environment.

Wirima said: “We therefore need to work together to ensure that all learners are back to school.”

She added that in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report of 2023, the total value of the effects (damages and losses) in the education sector is estimated at US$ 42,087,535.26.

In order to recover from these effects, she said, there is a need for more than US$80,296,573.91.