Literacy & Education in Malawi
Education programs for children and adults alike can improve all aspects of life in epicenter communities.
Epicenter communities operate a preschool for young children, often providing their only nutritious meal per day. All of the epicenters in Malawi have active and almost full preschools with average capacities of 50 and an average enrollment of 35 children. Each preschool has an average teaching staff of two per epicenter and all provide one meal a day. The one-meal-per-day program works partially to ensure a nutritious meal for the children and promote healthy growth and partially to encourage parents to bring their children to the preschool. There are also currently 25 primary schools and seven secondary schools under construction in villages around the epicenters. And while children are educated, mothers have more time for their own education and income-generating activities.
The community also hosts and provides Functional Adult Literacy/Numeracy classes in the schoolroom. All eight of the epicenters have adult literacy classes in vernacular offering five classes per epicenter, and additionally Mpingo Epicenter teaches one English class. Literacy and numeracy classes allow partners to become more independent and confidently make business deals on their own.
All of the epicenters have a community library.