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Norad Director Jon Lomøy on a visit to Phereni school in regard to the Unlocking Talent through Technology project  Photo: RNENorad Director Jon Lomøy on a visit to Phereni school in regard to the Unlocking Talent through Technology project Photo: RNE

Education on the Agenda for the Norad Visit to Malawi

Last updated: 09.03.2016 // Mr. Jon Lomøy, Director General of Norad, with his Norad team from Oslo visited Malawi 24- 27 February. Innovation, local and international partnerships in education for development was on the agenda of his visit to three different schools in Malawi.

The pictures shows the different school sites in Lilongwe and Mangochi district that Norad and the Embassy visited

At the Phereni Primary School in Lilongwe rural, the Norad delegation together with Ambassador Kikkan Haugen was given an insight to the pilot project; “Unlocking Talent through Technology”. The project is carried out by the British organisation Voluntary Service Overseas (VS0) supported by “Onebillion”, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Malawi and the University of Malawi. The project focuses on connecting appropriately levelled learning content. Learners get individual interactive lessons with e-readers in small groups, and solar charged projectors in large classes. The students as well as the teachers demonstrated engagement and high motivation. The project is innovative, and it offers improved and effective learning in literacy and numeracy.

The Norad and Embassy team further visited two schools in Mangochi District.

Masuku School is part of the United Nations Joint Programme on Girls’ Education financed by Norway and implemented jointly by the UN - UNICEF, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Programme (WFP). After only one year of implementation, the program has started bearing fruits by both enhanced access to and ensuring delivery of quality education particularly for girls. In addition it address the fact that girls in Malawi continue to face interrelated challenges in social and economic empowerment, accessing quality education, protection and sexual and reproductive health services and rights. A measure to keep girls in school is that Masuku provides students locally produced nutritious food, which also can be taken home to their families. This way, it is not only the girls and the school that benefit. The community benefits from this UN project and is an incentive for families to keep girls in school.

The visit to Nkope School demonstrated elements of the Inclusive Education programme supported by Norway and implemented by Save the Children Malawi. Nkope School has a dedicated centre for children with disabilities and is specialised for children with visual impairment and blindness. The program has contributed to the introduction of inclusiveness in the school environment by providing special tutoring and peer tutoring in regular classes. The school also benefits from the Reducing Early Adolescent Pregnancies, mother groups in the area work in the community to ensure that girls are re-enrolled to schools after an event of early marriage and child birth. “This is the leave-no-one- behind concept in practice”, Mr. Lomøy commented after this school visit.

 

Related links

Unlocking Talent Trough Technology: improving learning outcomes here

Joint Programme on Girl’s Education agreement  here

Inclusive Education agreement here

 

For more information on Norway’s development cooperation on education click here

 


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