Reaching one billion marginalised children is an ambitious goal. We need help, which is why our relationships with key partners are absolutely vital.
onebillion has been fully engaged with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for many years, and tablet-based learning is part of their National Education Sector Plan. Moving forward, onebillion is joining with VSO in developing ways to successfully scale proven solutions to all Malawian children. VSO sum up the current challenges faced:
Although primary education in Malawi is now free, there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers, with an average pupil–teacher ratio of about 100:1. Although there are three million children registered at primary school, only 18% enter secondary school and less than 5% will ever receive tertiary education, which has the potential to severely impact Malawi’s future. Additionally, although 52% of the population is female less than half of primary school children are girls and just 5% of those completing tertiary education are young women.
In November 2014, The Royal Norwegian Embassy signed a three year NOK 29,800,000 agreement with VSO to improve quality of basic education for children in Malawi. The project will equip 53 primary schools across nine districts in Malawi with digital education technology and technical capacity. The goal is reaching out to 25,328 Standard 1 and Standard 2 school children. 2,628 teachers will be trained to utilize the technology and improve their pedagogy. The mobile tablet teaching will also reach out to 116 learners with special needs and 1,060 youths having dropped out of school.
A big thank you to all children participating in the Junior Language Challenge. All entrance fees from the JLC are donated to onebillion and will support our projects to give marginalised children the quality education they deserve.
Using Malawi as a model of what is possible, it is our goal to expand to other countries around the world, and unlock the potential of one billion children. This can only happen with the combination of a solid evidence base, committed partner organisations and donor engagement.