Blow to Malawi education as NGOs are closing due to lack of funds:  CSEC appeals for support

Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) executive director, Benedicto Kondowe, has disclosed that at least 20 member organisations of the coalition are closing due lack of funds, a development he fears will retrogress efforts to develop the poor public education sector in Malawi.

Educationminister William Susuwele Banda addressing the delegates…
The delegates to the AGM

Kondowe has since appealed to the donor community to continue supporting Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working in the education sector, saying government alone cannot deliver the required aspirations.

He notes that NGOs in Malawi largely help the government in advancing the education agenda through construction of classroom blocks, training of teachers and provision of learning and teaching materials, among other things.

Kondowe spoke Saturday in the Capital Lilongwe during CSEC’s 2018 Annual General Assembly held under the theme: NGOs Making a Difference in the Education Sector; Leave No One Behind.

“The number of NGOs folding up could be higher. Some are essentially operating on paper because practically they have nothing. They have no supported programs. They cannot even pay their staff,” said Kondowe.

He observed that the development is putting the public education sector in Malawi on the wrong path considering the many challenges the government is faced with.

“If the NGOs fold up, the loss on government’s part would be huge. It means no more additional classroom blocks, trained and qualified teachers, Early Childhood Development Centres and learning and teaching materials.

“The contribution NGOs are making to the education sector is enormous. For example, Development Aid from People to People is contributing to production of the human capital needed to drive the education agenda. If it folds up, there will be inadequate qualified teachers.

“It would be the same thing with many other organizations that have teacher training institutions to beef up human capital in the education sector. If they close, there will be no guarantee for adequate teachers. It means access to quality education will be compromised,” said Kondowe.

CSEC Board Chairperson, Moses Busher, concurred with Kondowe on calls for donors to bail out closing NGOs, saying the anticipated suffering ought to be avoided.

“If they close, there would be no quality education. There would be no government ability to deliver on sustainable development goal number 4 which seeks to achieve inclusive education,” said Busher.

And taking his turn, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, William Susuwele Banda, who was the guest of honor, acknowledged that government would struggle to feel the gap left by closing NGOs.

“It is sad this is happening. NGOs are doing a lot. Some NGOs have even introduced technology in schools which is helping unlock children’s talent and increase their excitement to go to school.

“Communities are also appreciating the importance of schools and taking part in the management of such structures because of these NGOs,” said Banda.

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Kholowa
Kholowa
1 year ago

Ok no issues malawi is a very rich country. If they can afford to send the presidents wives to england using tax payers money for graduation to blow up £80,000 can they fail to fund their own poor voters childrens? Kupemphako you think usa alibe mavuto? Uk ilibe mabvuto? They just know how to prioritise things and our priority ndi kuba basi hoping mzungi apeleka zina!

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
1 year ago

They are mourning for their pockets… What quality education are we talking about? We have had these NGO’s for over twenty years. All they achieve is enrichment of themselves. Ana zomwe akuphunzila kuti koma shyaaa….

Beyond100days
Beyond100days
1 year ago

To be far there are too many NGOs in Malawi doing similar work. We need few but effective institutions

Shonai
1 year ago

Ndalama zikupita ku ma demos.demos have no accountability.Naonso ayambe mademo awona ndalama zifika.

phade
phade
1 year ago

atseke. akuba ndalama kunamizila kuthandiza boma agalu awa

Mwene
Mwene
1 year ago

Sad, especially for those NGOs that are transparent in their accounts; not the ones with a theft mentality and a main tenet of overthrowing the duly elected government of this contry.
KomabeSopano nyumba zambiri zosasiliza kumangidwa, ndi ma bwana a m’ma NGO, zionekatu apa.
Gilutsani: ndipo tizigula basi.
Clearly, the source of the NGOs’ funding is not a bottomless pit. Who knew?

tung'ande
tung'ande
1 year ago

let them go. in fact these pople collect money and they use it for personal gains. The money that is collected by these GOs is double the country budget.

mpilu
mpilu
1 year ago

musawda ma NGO apa. siophinya maso.
ngati bdalama za ku education zimabedwa ndi ma PS, KUNKUYU, MUKONDOWA the then etc
,do you expect the ngo team to cough up theirs???? we are idiots, educated greedys

Macfallen
Macfallen
1 year ago
Reply to  mpilu

Let them stop supporting local people won’t complain coz thy don’t get anything instead ur eating that money with ur family

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