Improving educational access of vulnerable children in high HIV prevalence communities of Malawi: The potential of open and flexible learning strategies

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Many children in Malawi have poor access to learning and are at risk of exclusion and early dropout. In the context of HIV/AIDS, formal schools need to become more flexible and responsive to children's lives. Introducing an educational model that integrates open and flexible learning strategies with conventional schooling, this paper highlights the potential of such an approach to enhance learning experiences, bring psychosocial benefits and improve retention of vulnerable pupils in high HIV prevalence communities in rural Malawi. This paper also argues that effective innovation requires strategies to create an enabling environment and promote an inclusive philosophy within schools. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-763
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • Access to education
  • Exclusion
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Intervention
  • Malawi
  • AIDS

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