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Education a Birth Right for all!!

In 1994 the Goverment of Malawi introduced free Primary education in all primary goverment schools.This led to increase in the enrolment figures and schools became overcrowded, the size of the teaching staff did not increase in correspondence with the enrolled children neither did the classrooms .These conditions among others led to appaling drop out rates of both girls and boys in most rural primary schools.

Fortunattely,child centered Non Govermental Organizations (NGO) are doing a good job in the country-by renovating and even building new classrooms in some rural primary goverment schools a thing that should be done by the Goverment.

Imagine yourself in such a classroom.

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.


JaniceW's picture

Compelling video

Tina, it is so tragic to think of the money that has been spent unwisely instead of being directed towards community programs including the building of the schools. Corruption is so insidious especially when the money is used to line a few people's pockets while leaving the needy in want. It is good though to see that NGOs have come in to build proper classrooms which the children can enjoy and be comfortable in.

Your presentation is powerful and I enjoyed the music at the beginning. The silence against the newspaper front pages highlighting the news articles is profound and reinforces the gravity of the situation. We cannot stand by and let corruption destroy our nations and their citizen's hopes for the future. Thank you for highlighting this terrible practice.

Dear Tina,

This piece so clearly and strongly shows what corruption and greed can do and who pays the price for it ; the children! It's heartbreaking to see them sitting in the dirt while the headlines tell of millions of dollars stolen, or misused or unaccounted for.

You've presented this with perfect simplicity; it is all the more shocking because of the photos you've used and -- as JaniceW says above -- the silence behind some of the shocking headlines. It works wonderfully in getting your powerful message across and giving your audience a startling illustration of how education SHOULD be everyone's birthright, but so many are deprived of it because of the greedy few.

Thank you for this important work and for all that you do to make the world better for future generations.

With Admiration,


Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

TinaN's picture

Janice so very true,we cannot

Janice so very true,we cannot stand by and watch as corruption destroy our nations,its very sad because somebody else eventually pays the price as Sarah has said.
These classes are very sad and so unbelievable,it must be so hard to teach a child in such a class.What happens on windy or rainy or very sunny days??And what about learning material??

Monica09's picture

Great work, Tina!

Dear Tina,

You have powerfully co-related corruption to the sad state of classrooms in your country. I hope you can share this in more networks to get this message out.

Warm regards,

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