President Joyce Banda’s meeting with development partners on Monday resulted in a series of commitments by partners to support the Government of Malawi to strengthen the education sector.
During a high level meeting organized by United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, Malawi made a presentation that highlighted the progress and challenges in the education sector.
During the meeting, Gordon Brown called upon partners to make specific commitments to Malawi’s education sector. He said organisations need to partner with Malawi to ensure that people in the country have access to education.
The United Nations Children Fund UNICEF noted its interest in is building teachers training institutions that will help train more teachers in the country, also noting interest in increasing access to education for the marginalized.
The World Bank, which currently supports the Social Cash Transfer Program, committed to continue supporting the program and confirmed that it will continue working with Institutions of Higher learning to provide better and quality education.
Currently the bank works with TEVETA, Chancellor College, Lilongwe University of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Malawi Polytechnic. In addition, the Bank said it will consider constructing hostels in Malawi.
Global Partners for Education expressed an interest in promoting the girl child education and building schools in the country.
Dubai Cares, an organization that promotes Early Childhood Development in Malawi, said it will continue promoting early childhood development in Malawi and will also consider making education a priority for people to access in the country.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said it will continue providing assistance to Malawi in vocational training whilst Unites States Agency for International Development, USAID pledged to continue the program of early childhood development in Malawi.
Putting in mind that technology is advancing every day, Econet Wireless pledged to advance higher education through the use of mobile phones.
At the end of the commitment that development partners made, Malawi President Banda urged the partners to match their word with action.
“Most of the times we meet here and nothing much is done after these meetings, I therefore urge you all to live to your commitments so that together we can uplift the lives of our people and develop Education in Malawi” appealed President Banda.
The commitment will see Malawi have good teachers training institutions, good schools and will ensure that more girls attend school and are kept in school.
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