Thanks to your support, we’ve enabled 120 girls to access one year of education – an opportunity that will pave the way for these women's future success.
This is number of girls who attended secondary school thanks to your support
Estimated girls & women affected
120 girls have received school supplies and enrolled in secondary school. It is assumed that they will impact many others in their families and communities through their experience.
Estimated community members affected
Your support has enabled 120 girls in Malawi to enroll and attend one year of secondary school, furnished with scholarships, textbooks, uniforms, transportation, and other school supplies. In the last year, we laid the groundwork for this program, obtained school supplies for the girls, and provided 120 scholarships to girls to attend secondary school.
In Malawi, only 7% of girls complete their education; most drop out by the time they reach puberty. In rural areas, girls make up only 9% of all secondary school students. One reason for high drop-out rates is the cost - unlike primary education, secondary education isn't free. In areas with no secondary school nearby, girls have to travel long distances each day or pay for their own room and board. In a country where more than 40% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, the cost of a girls’ secondary education—tuition, rent, transportation, books, a uniform, and other materials—is prohibitive for most families.
“I feel very proud and happy..." says Jacqueline Jairos, a student in central Malawi.
Risks and challenges
As noted in our 90-day report, as UNICEF Malawi began to obtain supplies, the fluctuation of Malawian currency caused delays in the delivery of materials such as textbooks, uniforms and other learning supplies. Additionally, poor conditions relating to transportation often damaged supplies in transit to schools. Our longstanding relationship with local suppliers and vast experience on the ground in Malawi enabled us to anticipate and get past these bottlenecks quickly, ensuring that high quality school supplies were obtained and provided in time for the school year.
What we’ve learned
UNICEF Malawi continues to make girls access to education a priority. Unfortunately, girls are disadvantaged in education because of cultural and socio-economic barriers. We work to change the cultural perceptions and increase access for girls, but this can oftentimes be difficult. We are committed to widening channels for the girls of Malawi and ensuring that they have access to an education that can improve their future for generations to come. Your support has enabled 120 girls to access one year of education – an opportunity that will pave the way for these women's future success.
Programs such as this will continue with the support of UNICEF and local organizations committed to helping girls survive and thrive.
Amount spent so far
Because of you, 120 girls will be able to attend one year of secondary school in Malawi
While primary education is free in Malawi, secondary education is not. Many girls cannot enroll in or complete secondary education because of the cost of tuition fees, books, uniforms and transportation costs. But, thanks to YOU, 120 girls in Malawi will have the chance to enroll in and attend one year of secondary school, furnished with scholarships, textbooks, uniforms, transportation, and other school supplies.
Over the past 90 days UNICEF Malawi has been able to lay the groundwork for this program, preparing for giving out school supplies and identifying the girls who will receive the scholarships.
UNICEF is targeting 10 districts with the lowest numbers of girls attending secondary school. Priority will be given to schools in rural areas where the education gender gap is the highest in the country. UNICEF hopes to use this project as a model and later replicate it to other districts in Malawi to increase girls’ participation in secondary school education.
Risks and challenges
As UNICEF Malawi begins to prepare to distribute supplies, the fluctuation of currency in Malawi has the potential to cause delays in the delivery of materials such as textbooks, uniforms and other learning supplies. UNICEF’s longstanding relationship with local suppliers and vast experience on the ground in Malawi enables us to anticipate and mitigate these bottlenecks, ensuring that high quality school supplies are obtained and provided in time for the school year.
“My name is Clara, I work with UNICEF in the Basic Education and Youth Section. I have a very keen interest in the area of girls’ education because I know the power of education in a girl’s life. My wish is to see as many girls as possible continue with their education, to have an ambition and appreciate that with an education they can have a life beyond their dreams; they can travel the world and be powerful women in the society.”
This project is quickly moving from planning to implementation, in the coming months, thanks to your support, 120 girls will receive school supplies (including uniforms, textbooks, pens, pencils, etc.) and enroll in secondary school. UNICEF will provide scholarships covering school fees so all 120 girls can attend without incurring hardship.
Provide secondary education scholarships for 120 girls in Malawi.
Why we care: Education provides girls a brighter future. Educated girls are less likely to be exploited, fall victim to trafficking and be infected with HIV.
How we’re solving this: We will provide 120 girls with scholarships, textbooks, transportation, uniforms, and other learning supplies.
For girls in particular, schooling offers the chance to be independent. Although significant strides have been made to provide girls with a free primary education, access to and completion of a secondary education continues to be a challenge for girls – only 22% of girls enroll in secondary school and just 7% of girls complete it. Many girls cannot enter or complete their secondary education because of the costs. Poverty is the most serious barrier to parents for sending their daughters to school. Since girls are responsible for performing household tasks, the loss of labor in addition to the direct cost of schools fees result in an opportunity cost families living in poverty cannot afford.
However, a girl who has an education is more likely to contribute socially and economically. She will be more productive at home and better paid in the workplace. She will grow up to be a mother whose own children are more likely to survive, be better nourished and go to school themselves. Above all, she will be better able to protect herself and her children by breaking the cycle of poverty that entraps so many families.
To meet this need, UNICEF will provide scholarships, textbooks, uniforms, transportation, and other school supplies (i.e. pens, pencils, school bags) to 120 vulnerable girls in Malawi to enroll, retain, and complete secondary school education for one year.
Administrative costs for this project include salaries, rent, supplies, and evaluations.