Malawi, Zeza
Acronis School in Malawi
Construction Period: Oct 2021 – Jul 2022


Type of facility

A school building with two classrooms and sanitary facilities





NGO partner


Academic year

September to July

Literacy rate (15+ years old)


Attendance rate

Primary school – 94.5%
Lower secondary school – 92.0%
Upper secondary school – 70.3%

Out-of-school children

Children (6 – 11 years) – n/a
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 308,121
Youth (15 – 17) – 534,399

Project implementation

The village of Zeza is a rural community located in the Kasungu District of Malawi, with a population of 1,200 people. Most community members are subsistence farmers who rear livestock and grow tobacco, groundnuts, beans, soya, and corn.

Currently, Zeza’s primary school has six teachers and educates all eight grade levels, but is operating out of only four permanent classrooms. This means that at best, these classrooms can only serve half of the student population. Due to this lack of infrastructure, many children have to study outside under trees, completely exposed to distractions and the elements. The roofs on some of the classrooms are also caving in, making those buildings unsafe for the children. These challenges are pushing some of Zeza’s youth to abandon their studies altogether.

School administrators, parents, and students have been stressed over the shortage of classrooms for years. And with the next closest proper school a 7 km walk over dry terrain, the children of Zeza were left with few options. We hope that the development of a new proper school block and latrines will be a relief to the local community, who will participate in the project’s construction — helping to ensure sustainability and commitment. Zeza’s leaders will also be working closely with staff members from buildOn — our partner organization on the ground — to increase the number of students enrolled in this school.

About the country


Republic of Malawi

Capital city



18.1 million people


Malawian kwacha (MWK)

Major languages

English and Chichewa

Travel information

Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry.

Dry season

May to October, characterized by little to no rainfall and temperatures ranging from 26°C (78°F) to 31°C (87°F).

Wet season

November to April, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity, with temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (80°F)

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Lilongwe: Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel, Latitude 13 Hotel

Chintheche: Makuzi Beach Lodge

Places to eat

Lilongwe: CasaLinda

Best souvenirs from the country

Carved wooden masks, hand woven twig rugs, textiles, tribal jewelry, local art

Travel agencies

Adventure Office

Interpreting services

KL Translations Ltd

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

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