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A boy smiles at the camera outside
the classroom in Malawi. © Deepa Srikantaiah/GPE
Malawi is a landlocked country in Southeast Africa. One of the most densely populated in this region, its rapidly growing population reached 15.8 million in 2012. Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries, ranked 170th out of 186 countries in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index.
Malawi joined the Global Partnership for Education in 2009 based on its 2008-2017 Education Sector Plan. The country's education system faces many challenges, including: inadequate school facilities, high dropout rates and pupil-teacher ratios, low completion rate and learning achievement for children in poor rural areas where HIV/AIDS prevalence is high.
Malawi's Education Sector Plan outlines the country's strategy to achieve equitable access to education and improve the quality of learning, system governance and management. The plan aims to expand early childhood education, improve the quality and relevance of basic education, promote technical and vocational training responding to labor market needs, and support higher education and research.
The Government's commitment to education is reflected in its budget: education spending of the national budget has increased from 18.6% to 25.6% between 2009 and 2011. Spending for basic education increased from 55.8% to 59.8% between 2010 and 2011.
GPE and its partners worked actively with the government of Malawi to develop the 2008-2017 Education Sector Plan. The Local Education Group appraised and endorsed Malawi's Education Sector Plan in September 2009.
Malawi received a $90 million GPE grant in 2010. The World Bank is the Supervising Entity and the grant modality used is a sector pooled fund supported by four other partners for a total of $256 million. The grant agreement with the World Bank was signed in 2011 with a closing date in June 2013. A grant extension request is being processed by the World Bank.
In 2011, 61% of children completed primary school, up from 59% in 2009. The share of trained and fully qualified teachers has also increased, with 8,263 new teachers hired in 2010. In poor rural areas, vulnerable children with special needs are being supported. In 2011, 32% of children who completed primary school transitioned to secondary school, down from 40% in 2009. In 2010, 87% of youth aged 15 to 24 in Malawi were literate.
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AT A GLANCE
Local Education Group
Local Education Group
A Local Education Group (LEG) is a forum of stakeholders within the education sector who develop, implement, monitor and evaluate education sector plans. All member countries of the Global Partnership have a LEG. They are led by the national government, and are composed of education development partners such as donors and development agencies, teachers' organizations, civil society organizations, and private education providers. Nonetheless, the specific composition, title, and working arrangements of a LEG vary from country to country.