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Early Childhood Education in Malawi

 

Watch a 6-minute film covering the early education in Malawi and boNGO’s activities

 

 

There are over 6 000 childcare centers in Malawi, providing care and education to children aged three to six. They generally operate in the morning hours Monday to Friday and in some of them children receive food provided and prepared by the parents. Most of the centers are in rural areas and because they don’t have proper buildings, they operate under a tree, lacking teaching materials or toys. They are usually initiated by leading personalities of the community who understand the importance of the early education but don’t have the needed experience and resources. Teachers working at the centers are local volunteers who rarely have pedagogical education and do their “job” out of passion and without a salary (a fact that contributes towards high fluctuation of the teachers who, if chance arises, opt for a paid job). They teach numbers, alphabet and English mostly through memorizing (video), which does not give the children enough stimulation and opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in a broader sense.

Watch short videos from typical childcare centers:

Chimwabvi childcare center

Ntaymwana childcare center

Masuku childcare center

 

Malawi government is still in the process of developing a national policy on supporting the early education.

 

To raise the standards of early childhood education boNGO has supported the development of two Model Childcare Centers (Model Childcare Center Umodzi-Mbame and Model Childcare Center Mango) that are an inspiration and training facility for teachers from other centers. The Centers are often visited by other organizations, individuals or tourists who are interested in community-based preschool education.