Our purpose is to advance education
for girls in rural Malawi
by leveraging and front lining
in fighting obstacles and traditions
that lead to educational poverty.
The Lit "Oyaka" Mother Group (LOM Group) is an initiative that brings together community older women (aka mothers) who are trained to mentor and support girls in education by working directly with the girls and their families to address issues preventing girls from staying in the school.$0.00 donated
As of today, the literacy rate of children in Malawi is considerably higher than its neighboring countries in Africa, with 72 percent of the youth aged 15 to 24 able to read and write. But, closer inspection of data reveals that the state of girls’ education in Malawi is still in critical condition. With more than 85 percent of its population living in rural areas, Malawi faces a critical problem of girls under-enrolled and outnumbered in the majority of its primary schools. Furthermore, primary education attendance does not mean that students will automatically go on to pursue higher level education. Only 6 percent of girls graduate from high school each year, with only 2.9 percent going on to seek post-secondary education studies.$0.00 donated
Why this is the right time to wake up
We engage our communities by raising awareness of the importance of education to challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes relating to girls’ education and issues of sexual violence. Our community outreaches and mentorship programs are key to community engagement
Our communities share lived experiences with our young girls and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to address social norms and local obstacles. As such, we work hand in hand with them to devise strategies that address and reduce factors that contribute to school dropout among the young people in their communities
Through our Scholarship Fund and community-led LOM Groups, we strive to harness the full potential, skills, talents, and creativity among our target youth to optimize their academic performance and personal development (i.e. build human capital, increase employability, improve their quality of life)
Our hope is that the young people we work with will be supported and empowered to occupy spaces and competently take up educational and professional opportunities both locally and internationally. We are also looking forward to make this sustainable and measurable within the communities.