September to July
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
Primary school – 94.5%
Lower secondary school – 92.0%
Upper secondary school – 70.3%
Children (6 – 11 years) – n/a
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 308,121
Youth (15 – 17) – 534,399
The Malawian government made computer studies an examinable subject in 2005, but many Malawian schools still cannot afford ICT equipment. Many rural schools lack the infrastructure and resources to build a computer lab.
Providing a computer classroom at Bwengu Community School, will increase digital literacy of the local 387 children and improve their educational and employment opportunities. In addition to basic IT skills, such as using MS Office packages, students will learn ethical usage of digital resources, safe online surfing, handling digital communications, and cyberbullying prevention. Local teachers will also benefit by increasing their digital literacy skills and having more effective teaching tools.
The project will renovate an existing 2-room building that previously served as the school’s library and store. The store has been relocated to the administration block, making the room available for renovation into a computer classroom. Another added benefit is that the renovation will also extend to the library room.
About the country
Republic of Malawi
18.1 million people
Malawian kwacha (MWK)
English and Chichewa
Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry.
May to October, characterized by little to no rainfall and temperatures ranging from 26°C (78°F) to 31°C (87°F).
November to April, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity, with temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (80°F)
Liwonde is one of Malawi’s most popular game parks, with its beautiful setting and teeming wildlife offering thrilling safaris.
Vwasa Wildlife Reserve is an area of marsh and plain with a few rocky outcrops. The reserve has a wonderful mix of vegetation: forest, grassland, thin woodland, and marsh. This rich habitat attracts a splendid range of birdlife.
Nyika is Malawi’s largest park, with an area extending across the great Nyika plateau: a granitic dome of rolling ‘whaleback’ hills cut by streams and interspersed with pockets of sheltered evergreen forest. Its beautiful scenery leaves visitors lost for words. Often compared to wilderness areas found in Europe, Nyika has the added attractions of being inhabited by large numbers of African safari animals and, at times, sitting above the clouds.
A concentration of small lodges, each with its own beach, is found around Chintheche on Lake Malawi’s northern shores. These are some of the best beaches on Lake Malawi.
Lilongwe: Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel, Latitude 13 Hotel
Chintheche: Makuzi Beach Lodge
Places to eat
Best souvenirs from the country
Carved wooden masks, hand woven twig rugs, textiles, tribal jewelry, local art
Proposed one week tour
Day 1: Lilongwe: Liwonde National Park
Day 2: Kasungu: School visit
Day 3: Mzuzu: Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
Day 4: Nyika: Nyika National Park
Day 5: Nyika: Nyika National Park
Day 6: Chintheche: Beaches
Day 7: Lilongwe: Lilongwe Wildlife Trust