School class in Malawi

Priority area Primary education A focus on teacher training and equipping schools

The government of Malawi abolished school fees for primary education in 1994. Since then the number of children attending school has undergone a marked increase – nearly all children are now being enrolled in school. However, the quality of teaching has deteriorated.

There is a shortage of classrooms, teaching aids, learning aids and qualified teachers. On average, each teacher has to instruct 60 pupils, and 116 pupils have to share a classroom.

Germany is helping the Malawian government upgrade the country's teacher training, in particular in the subjects of maths and teaching techniques. As part of this effort, curricula are being overhauled and new teaching materials developed. Germany is also providing support for new classrooms and accommodation for teaching staff. Another project is designed to improve the food on offer at schools.