Malawi Crisis: Hunger fuels high School dropout in Nsanje

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Over 1,000 primary school learners in the lower Shire district of Nsanje are reported to have dropped out of School this year alone due to hunger problem, Malawi24 can reveal.

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Dropouts on the rise in Nsanje. Google image

Speaking to this publication on Tuesday of October 18,2016, Nsanje District Education Manager,Hendrix Likeke says most learners are leaving school to do the piece works for food in their homes.

Likeke said the district had an enrollment of 91,200 learners last year but the number has drastically dropped to 90,000 this academic year owing to hunger situation that has hit most parts of the country.

This is happening while the World Food Program(WFP) is committed with their school feeding program across the country.

Meanwhile a women’s rights organization in district – Kuchene Women Forum has embarked on a year-long ‘go-to-school’ campaign to lure more children back to school.

In the project, the organization has engaged the police to pick all school going children that are found loitering about the streets and markets,meet with their parents and guardians to sensitize them on the importance of supporting kids to be in school.

Apart from being affected by the looming hunger,Nsanje has also been seriously hit by a number natural disasters such as floods and drought that displaced and left them crop less a year ago.

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  1. I am trying to understand here. So this means if they stay at home they eat something or they only want to eat if they go to school. Just few months ago they was hunger relief 4rm USAID. Are we using our kids to beg aid 4rm donors. Yes we have hunger but are we going to beg every year? Sometimes its not good to help someone who is not ready to be indpendent. I think its time for us as parents to take part as well in food security than to rely on goverment and donors. Lets take part then were we have failed donors wil step in. Lets grow plants that we wil use as food not for money. Family planning also is needed to avoid big families that we cant afford to look after and wait for goverment to help.

  2. Musamayankhure motumbwa enanu kunsanje simunakhaleko ok ndiye musamati makolo sakupanga kanthu akupanga kma ndikovuta kwambiri amipando kuti aganizireko ndiye chonde boma pangani chinachake

  3. Unduna Wamaphunziro Has Created Alot Of Problems! Mwana Sangaweruke 3:00 Yet Akubwera Osadya, Is It Making Sence? Why Alot Of Educated Fools In Malawi? Mwana Wa Std 1 Akuchokera Koyamwa, Akhale Up To That Tym Osaja Sangafe? Wayambitsa Zausiluzi Wagnizira Za Poor People? Wat An Idiot?

  4. let me give u an example, iiine my parents used to brew local beer for me and my bro and sisters to go to school yet my Greatest and beloved mam did not went to school .Now it’s the responsibility of the parents, am now employed .Kuphunzila ndi chidwi cha kholo. Njala, nthenda ndi zinazo it’s the sign that its the end of the world

  5. let me give u an example, iiine my parents used to brew local beer for me and my bro and sisters to go to school yet my Greatest and beloved mam did not went to school .Now it’s the responsibility of the parents, am now employed .Kuphunzila ndi chidwi cha kholo.

  6. Tikakamba zanjala nde ndivuto lomwe lavuta madela ambili not Nsanje yokha,but many parents they fail to take over their resposbilities to encorage they children about goodness of school and result many children they dropout xool early.Rich people they know their responsbilities thats why they send they children to xool.one word I have is,lets encourage children to go to school alldays everyday.

  7. anthu ambiri ndiy ovutikadi tikakhala pabwino tiziganizira ovutikawa ndithu ngakhale bible limanena kt ngati uli ndi zinthu ziwiri gaila anzako ndithu

  8. Nde boma nkumati lawonjezelanso nthawi yoti ana azikhala ali ku sukulu chonsecho ana ambiri amachoka kwao osadya nde mkuti azikhala bwanji mkalasi ndi njala kaya tiziona zangoyambapo apa

  9. amati kukhala pafupi ndimanda sikuziwa kutamba….ndikutelo poti sanje ndikumene kuli olamulilawa ndikufupi kwambiri….ngatidi olamulilawa anakulila mdzikoli tingati kuli azizawo omwe akula nawo limodzi kumeneko ndesangasiye kuganizilako…nanga y y y pano akuvutika paka ana kusiya xul panjira kamba kanjala,kodi mukufuna ophunzira lingokhala banja lamabwanawo kumeneko azawo onse akhale mbuli??chifukwa chake lemba la Daniel2v44 ndithu maufumu amenewa azpwanyidwe tizaone zina zija timapemphera kuti ufumu wanu uze pamateyu 6v9,10…….