The Planning Department in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Malawi National Commission for UNESCO organised a Consultation meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4). The meeting was supported by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO ROSA).
The purpose of the meeting was to develop Malawi’s work plan document on SDG4 to ensure that policies, programmes and resources are aligned towards attainment of the Education Agenda by 2030.
The Following were the objectives of the consultation:
1. Discuss, clarify and unpack SDG4 and the Education 2030 agenda
2. Explore priorities and monitoring modalities for the Education 2030 agenda against the national context
3. Agree on roles and responsibilities for taking forward the Education 2030 agenda
Malawi joins the rest of the world every year to commemorate the International Literacy Day on 8th September.
The 2017 celebration theme was “Literacy in a Digital World”. The national event to commemorate the day took place in Neno district.
According to data collected by the National Centre for Literacy and Adult Education (NCLAE) Neno is one of the districts with very high illiteracy rate in Malawi.
The Bridge Project supported by the South Korea National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) took part in the commemorative event. The Bridge project showcased the work that is being done in three Community Learning Centres (CLCs) of Namiyango (in Bangwe, Blantyre), Naphini (in Zomba) and Mwera (in Lilongwe).
In these CLCs, communities are supported to implement integrated education programmes in early childhood development, after-school-class lessons for primary school learners, technical and vocational skills training, educational support to learners with disabilities and adult literacy classes.
Illiterate adults living in all districts of the country have been urged to patronize adult literacy classes in various centers across the country as it is one of the basis for development.
The call was made by Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Hon. Grace Chiumia on the commemoration of the International Literacy Day (ILD) held on Saturday, 8th September, 2018 at Manyamula Skills Centre ground in Mzimba district.
Making her remarks the Minister who was also the Guest of Honour appealed to illiterate adults to start attending adult literacy classes that are available in their communities as this is one of the ways of enhancing development at both household and national level.
“It is important for adults to acquire reading and writing skills as it will be easy for them to support their school going children in their studies,” said Chiumia.
The European Union (EU) is partnering with the Government of Malawi and UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO ROSA) in a project called Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) whose aim is to expand and improve equitable and gender-balanced access to Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) through Skills and Technical Education.
Apart from improving access to TEVET, the project is also supporting efforts towards review of qualifications system, update of curricula, and review of the governance and management of the TEVET system. The programme is also supporting efforts towards better training of TEVET teachers and trainers. For more information, access the following link: Skills and Technical Education Programme in Malawi (STEP).