Unesco provide a useful summary up-to-date figures for secondary education in Malawi,
Before the Covid-19 pandemic only around a third of adolescent girls were enrolled in secondary education (33.6%). The enrolment of boys was slightly higher (40%), most likely a reflection of a greater proportion of over-age boys in secondary education. The dropoff from primary to secondary remains shockingly high and likely to get worse following prolonged school closures.
While it will always be challenging to measure the impact of work such as supporting girls at school, we have been able to conduct some evaluative studies and they are available on this page.
Girls’ Education research for MMF (2020)
In the summer of 2020 the Mamie Martin Fund hosted a research student. Anna Freidenfeld conducted a literature review on girls’ education in Malawi. She also analysed the data collected by MMF since 2014. She wrote her MSc (International Development) dissertation on these areas. We have created a report and appendix based on Anna’s work and these are presented below.
Anna’s analysis of MMF’s records between 2014 and 2019 indicated that 81% of supported girls successfully completed secondary school. This figure compares very favourably with Malawi-wide data about lower secondary school completion which stood at just 21% in 2016 but for rural girls that figure was 14%. For upper secondary the national average for girls’ completion for 2016 is only 13%. For rural girls, it is only 8%. (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2020). These figures suggest that MMF’s support significantly increases completion rates for the selected girls, who were selected on the basis of need, not academic ability.
The appendix to the report presents some of the data analysed by Anna Freidenfeld as part of her placement. This appendix shares information about practical needs of the girls and family sizes.
Impact Report (2015)
We published an Impact Report in 2015. The research for this work was undertaken by Martha Chirwa in Malawi and we are grateful to her for making this report possible. you can download the report via the link below.