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Equipment for the training of solar technicians, Malawi

Current situation:

Malawi, a country with a per capita income of only $407 per year, ranks among the poorest nations in the world. More than half of the population lives below the poverty line, with youth unemployment being particularly high. Adolescents, especially young women and girls, face enormous challenges in accessing education and vocational training.

In a society traditionally dominated by men, women and girls often have limited decision-making power over their own lives. Early marriages, pregnancies, and household duties often prevent them from completing formal education or starting vocational training. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation by bringing financial constraints and loss of educational opportunities for many families, with girls and young women being particularly affected.

Our measures:

To address these challenges, a comprehensive education project is being initiated. A Women's Education Center will be established, providing girls and young women with a safe space to learn and grow. This center will include a vocational school with workshops and classrooms, as well as a dormitory for participants.

Through hands-on training programs, such as electrical/solar technology, women will be prepared for promising careers. In addition to formal training programs, various short courses will be offered to provide basic knowledge, along with courses on topics such as sustainable agriculture and women's rights.

The center will adhere to Malawi's official standards and provide a secure environment for participants. By integrating agricultural businesses and other income-generating activities, the center aims to become self-sustaining in the long term. Complementary programs on health and equality will strengthen women's self-confidence and bring about long-term positive changes in society.


By providing high-quality training materials and hands-on instruction, numerous young women have already had the opportunity to pursue training as electricians with a focus on solar technology. This initiative not only enhances their career prospects but also contributes to improving their livelihoods and the sustainable development of the country.

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The background to the project

The situation of women in Malawi reflects deep social and economic inequalities. Approximately 53% of women in Malawi live in extreme poverty, while only about 47% of men live in similar conditions. This disparity is also evident in the education system, where girls and women have limited access to education and employment opportunities. Although progress has been made in primary school enrollment, only about 59% of girls compared to 65% of boys attend school. The limited resources and infrastructure problems of Malawi's education system further contribute to inequality. With about 70% of the population living in rural areas, many schools face challenges such as inadequate facilities and a shortage of teachers. External factors such as natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the situation, with school closures and financial burdens further impacting educational opportunities. Despite these challenges, there is hope through government initiatives and aid programs. Projects like the "Walani Vocational School Center for Girls" have the potential to improve girls' education opportunities and promote long-term economic and social development in Malawi.
Country Malawi
Human Development Index 169

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