FOMOs School Project: Malawi Education system
is in a chronic state and there is a major shortage of secondary
school places. Selection to government secondary school is based
on a points system and even if you pass Standard 8 then you may
not get selected to go on to secondary school.
FOMO has worked hard to encourage the children through
primary education, 200 children passed standard 8 in 2009, but
only 44 were selected for government secondary schools.
In the past FOMO have found places for the children
in local private secondary schools. In 2009 a large number of
these private school were closed due to inadequate facilities.
This basically means that children who pass, but are not selected
have no chance to continue their education. The only alternative
is to retake standard 8 in the hope they would fare better in
what seems to be a bit of a school lottery to gain a secondary
FOMO year on year anticipate that the numbers of
children being denied a place in secondary school will increase
from 2009 level. The Malawi government have no published plans
to increase the available secondary places, therefore the childrens
hard work and hopes will be unfulfilled.
FOMO can relieve the situation and give some children
hope for the future by building a school. The funds needed are
large but arent insurmountable and by careful planning FOMO
can complete the school, (Phases 1 to 4) with your funding support
within 4 years