Quick Facts

  • Malawi people of Bantu origin are comprised of many different ethnic groups, contributing to its rich culture.
  • The official language in Malawi is English and Chewa.
  • Around 70% of the population of Malawi live making under $1.90 a day.
  • The adult literacy rate in Malawi is 69.8% for men and 55.2% for women.
  • In general, young people between the ages of 13-24 have been affected by AIDS more than other groups. That is why many experts are calling for AIDS education in schools.
  • Malawi has high dropout rates among students and especially among females, in particular, who are expected to work at home and provide for their family at a young age.
  • The people of Malawi have a rich history of traditional dance, mask carving and basketry.  

Malawi

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Known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country with a population of 18.7 million. The history of Malawi goes back to the 10th century when the area was first settled. Today, Malawi is one of Africa’s poorest and most densely populated nations. Malawi’s economy is based on agriculture. Maize (corn) is the country’s main staple food while tea, coffee, and sugar are some of its biggest exports. 

Education in Malawi: School enrollment has historically been low. However, in 1994, free primary education for all children was introduced and enrollment in primary schools nearly tripled. Wungwero Book Foundation (WBF)  initiated a partnership with the African Library Project in 2008. WBF was soon joined by DAPP Malawi, Malawi Institute of Education, and University of Malawi – Chancellor College Library . Together, the organizations evaluate and monitor the libraries in Malawi. 

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