While enrollment in the first few years of school is high, UNICEF estimates that only 26% of boys and 16% of girls complete primary school. In secondary school, just 15% of boys and 7% of girls will complete all four years. Poverty and long commutes, often alone on foot, prevent many children from attending classes, and even where schooling is available there is a severe shortage of eligible teachers and resources such as learning materials, adequate sanitation, and shelter.

Gender issues also contribute to the education crisis in Malawi. Cultural norms put girls at a disadvantage in achieving the most basic level of education. Many girls end up leaving school due to pregnancy and/or early marriage, as well as lack of access to adequate sanitation.


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