Reducing School Dropout in Malawi and Lesotho

Catherine Jere, Elizabeth Tofaris

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‘School in a bag’, buddy systems and catch-up clubs have paved the way for improved learning and reduced dropout in schools in Malawi and Lesotho. These pioneering techniques have been used by researchers from University College London’s Ins tute of Educa on and their Southern African partners to help ensure that disadvantaged children, particularly those affected by HIV/ AIDS, stay in school. Between April 2007 and July 2010, the team developed and piloted these distance- and flexible- learning techniques in 20 primary schools in Malawi and 16 secondary schools in Lesotho, all of which were located in areas where HIV/AIDS was highly prevalent and where school dropout rates were high. In both countries, the schools saw reduced dropout rates (up to 45 percent in Malawi), particularly for older children.
Original languageEnglish
TypeImpact story
Media of outputtext
PublisherThe Impact Initiative, REAL Centre, University of Cambridge/IDS, University of Sussex
Number of pages2
Place of Publication University of Cambridge
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameESRC-DFID Research Impact


  • School Dropout
  • Malawi
  • ESRC
  • DFID
  • Education for All

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