Malawi

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Projects in Malawi

Education

In order to better prepare youth for global work, high school classes in Malawi are taught in English. Thus, the stronger a student's command of English is, the better chance they have to succeed academically in any subject.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi work at rural high schools and collaborate with local colleagues to strengthen their students’ competency in the English language through classes that incorporate innovative teaching techniques and interactive facilitation. They challenge their students to think critically and creatively and also share teaching practices with fellow teachers to foster a student-centered learning environment schoolwide.

After class, our Peace Corps Volunteers and their Malawian counterparts support clubs and implement extracurricular initiatives that foster mastery of the English language and community support for education, academic achievement, and social-emotional learning skills.


Environment

It is clear that agriculture, done right, is the best means the world has today to simultaneously tackle food security, poverty and environmental degradation (Irene Rosenfeld). Like many parts of the world, Malawi constantly faces climate change disasters such as high temperatures, floods, heavy rains, drought, dry spells and cyclones that adversely affect food security.  It also faces varying levels of natural resource management challenges.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi are attached to agricultural extension planning offices, collaborating with extension officers and local counterparts to train communities on climate smart agriculture practices, environmental conservation, better nutritional practices and construction and use of improved cook stoves to encourage use of less fuel wood.  Considering that youth are good stewards of the environment, Volunteers, teachers, and agricultural Extension Officers teach environmental education to youth in order to foster and value knowledge of environmental conservation, nutrition sensitive gardening, and dietary diversity. They establish school gardens that exemplify sustainable agricultural techniques, such as composting, intercropping, bio-intensive planting, and organic pest management in addition to establishing tree nurseries and woodlots.

With the increasing frequency of natural disasters, there are opportunities for Volunteers and counterparts to incorporate into their work aspects of conservation agriculture (e.g., using shorter season drought-tolerant crop varieties, utilizing small scale irrigation systems, implementing forest restoration programs, and using pre-determined tools to anticipate and manage climate risks and improve their ability to recover from shocks and stresses) enabling community members to effectively adapt to, and partially mitigate, climate-related risks that increasingly threaten food security and resilience in Malawi.


Health

Good health is the foundation of everything. Being healthy and disease-free is a critical component to a stable and productive life. Like many countries in the world, women, children and youth in Malawi face many health challenges and threats from malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, malaria, HIV/AIDS

Working at any level in the health sector is both inspiring and fulfilling as you contribute to saving lives. Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi work at a rural health center on a variety of activities that support the improvement of health and well-being of women, children, and youth. They work alongside local counterparts to engage youth on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health programs that are creative, fun, and provide a safe space for youth to discuss ways to keep themselves healthy and gain the confidence to seek HIV tests and access to other HIV services through Youth Friendly Health Services and TEEN clubs. Volunteers also work with community members on malaria prevention strategies to keep pregnant women and under-five children free from the disease. Additionally, Peace Corps Volunteers and their Malawian colleagues work directly with pregnant women and parents of young children to promote essential practices that can protect their children from various health threats. They provide education on nutrition and personal hygiene to mothers and caregivers of under-five children as they focus on adoption of behaviors that will keep the children healthy and free from preventable and treatable diseases. Often Volunteers and their colleagues co-conduct home visits to help implement and monitor these health measures.