Malawian students  - Photo:SJS RNE
Photo: SJS, RNE.

Last updated: 30.05.2018 // Information about Norwegian Development Cooperation in Malawi focusing on Education.

2018: NOK 100 million / USD 12.3 million (USD 1 ≈ NOK 8,08)

The report to the Storting (White Paper) no. 25: Education for Development 2013/2014 guides the approach of Norwegian development cooperation to education globally and bilaterally. Malawi was the first country to receive bilateral support to education following the white paper. The Norwegian Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, launched the education portfolio during her visit to Malawi in July 2014. She publicly announced the size of the Norwegian support to Malawi’s education sector as NOK 100 million annually.

The main goal for education in the bilateral cooperation with Malawi is to:

  • Contribute to maximize the synergies between the various efforts and between education and health in particular, strengthen government’s education system and ensure aid effectiveness
  • Support the coordination work of development partner activities, as outgoing member of the leadership troika.  
  • Prioritize vulnerable and marginalized groups’ access to schooling and learning
  • Contribute to ensure that the quality of education in schools and learning improves, that all children are able to complete primary education, that as many as possible, especially girls, continue to secondary education, and that the education quality is raised and relevant to the labor market

In line with the global policy, the Norwegian embassy supports programs aiming to reach results by targeting:

  • Out-of-school children’s access to education
  • Girls’ access to and retention of basic education with increased transition to secondary education
  • Quality education that promotes learning made accessible for vulnerable groups, children with disabilities included
  • The promotion of the use of new technology that improve teaching and learning outcomes
  • Continuity of learning and safeguarding of schools in situations of crisis, through food security measures in particular
  • The development of robust national education systems that provides good quality education
  • Teachers and the boosting of teaching skills and development of incentive schemes to recruit and support qualified teachers where the needs are greatest, and

The Embassy supports government’s implementation of the Malawi Education Sector Implementation Plan having been extended to 2020. Grants are channeled through government, as well as the UN and civil society organizations.