Improving Secondary Education in Malawi-ISEM (Phase II)

The project aims at supporting access to, quality of and management and governance of secondary education service delivery. Its overall development objective is to contribute to strengthening the capacity of the Malawian education sector to satisfy the needs of the economy for educated youth through expanding and improving equitable access to inclusive quality education. It has 3 specific objectives i) improve access ; ii) improve the quality and relevance and iii) improve management and governance of secondary schools

Specific Objective 1 (SO1) Promote equitable enrollment to secondary education.

  • Expected Output 1.1: Upgraded and expanded secondary school infrastructure, and expanded technical vocational education facilities in secondary schools, including improved access to persons with disabilities, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities and climate resilient infrastructure.
  • Expected Output 1.2: Increased access to secondary education, particularly for female students and students living in vulnerable situations

Specific Objective 2 (SO2) Improve the quality of secondary education

  • Expected Output 2.1: Targeted schools, including cluster centres, new technical vocational workshops and boarding facilities, are resourced.
  • Expected Output 2.2: Teachers’ pedagogical and technical knowledge and skills are improved including in environment and disaster preparedness, gender equality, human rights and WASH education.
  • Expected Output 2.3: Increased capacity of government teacher-training institutions to provide distance and e-learning services for teachers.
  • Expected Output 2.4: Monitoring and evaluation of the new secondary school curriculum is supported.
  • Expected Output 2.5: English language competency improved for English language teachers and junior secondary school students.

Specific Objective 3 (SO3) Improve governance and management of secondary education institutions at central and decentralized levels.

  • Expected Output 3.1: Leadership skills of education managers are improved.
  • Expected Output 3.2: Improved professionalism in secondary education service provision.
  • Expected Output 3.3: Improved management, accountability and quality of service provision

A technical assistance of 3 experts is based at the Ministry of Education providing support to the implementation of the Continuous Professional Development component and to the Secondary Education decentralization process.

A 4 years grant contract was signed in August 2022 with the Malawian NGO CAMFED to support girls’ education by establishing a scholarships scheme in 25 secondary schools located in the district of Dedza, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mzimba North, Nsanje, Rumphi, Salima and Zomba.

A needs assessment for the infrastructure component targeting 40 secondary schools is ongoing. . A needs assessment for school supply and learning materials will start soon.   Tenders for this activities to be launched during the first quarter of 2023.

The project targets 40 Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSS) located in the of 12 districts of Rumphi, Mzimba, Ntchisi, Salima, Lilongwe rural east, Dedza, Mangochi, Zomba, Chiradzulu, Blantyre, Mulanje, Nsanje supported by infrastructure and grant components - It also targets continuous capacity development opportunities provided to teachers in secondary schools
EUR 55.000.000
Education and Research
Contact Details

EU Delegation to Malawi

This project is funded by the European Union
The lead partner is Ministry of Education
EU Funding amount is EUR 55.000.000
European Development Fund-EDF