Kasungu and PhalombeRural
The Mission | In 2010, the Malawian government conducted a survey which revealed that nearly half of the nation's population is illiterate. While the government, at both national and local levels, has made a significant effort to redress this issue, the challenge of improving literacy has been exacerbated by a high dropout rate among students before they complete primary education - especially in rural areas. The CRECCOM Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Project is an accelerated three year program for out-of-school children in which students develop a sustainable level of literacy, numeracy, and other essential skills that will enable them to reintegrate into the formal education system.
The CBE Model | The three year program gives primary school dropouts and first year students the opportunity to complete the standard five years of primary education in a compressed amount of time. The curriculum focuses on literacy and numeracy, but also covers health and agriculture-related topics. In addition to more traditional offerings, CBE emphasizes soft skills and values that promote self-reliance, lifelong learning, community engagement, and citizenship. While several other organizations are also implementing the CBE program in other districts of Malawi, CRECCOM is implementing in only two districts - Kasungu and Phalombe - with 30 centers in each district totaling to 60 centers. These facilities were formed in existing community structures such as churches or schools after regular operating hours. Lessons at each center are conducted by volunteers from the community. These volunteers are not certified teachers but they undergo continuous training, especially during holidays. The trainings are conducted by tutors from different teacher training colleges. In addition to training, CBE provides instructors with learning materials and guides in order to best address the needs of students. Ultimately, CBE aims to prepare primary students for and encourage them to pursue higher education. Another central goal is to sensitize the general community about the importance of education in resolving development issues.
The Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) was established in 1999, emerging from two USAID projects - GABLE SMC and the Social Mobilization Campaign for Educational Quality (SMC EQ Project). Its mission is to motivate, mobilize, and empower communities towards full participation in development initiatives.
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In order to engage its target audience, CRECCOM provides communities with information on how CBE seeks to improve the education space in the local area. After establishing learning centers, CRECCOM initiates an advertising campaign to attract volunteer teachers to participate in the project.
Districts | 2
Education Zones | 4 in Phalombe ( Swang'oma, Nazombe, Khongoloni and Nkhulambe) and 8 in Kasungu (Chulu, Kasasanya, Suza, Livwezi, Nkhamenya, Sopani, Malepera, and Linyangwa)
Staff | Each zone is operated by 1 supervisor and 15 facilitators that are managed by 1 district supervisor.
Since the initiation of the project, CBE has extended its reach in the Kasungu district to include the Nkhamenya, Sopani, Malepera, and Linyangwa education zones.
There is a possibility that starting in September CBE will scale up and increase its zones to 8 in each of the two districts. As such, the centers may increase to 120 in each district and 240 for all the two districts.
Monitoring & Evaluation
CBE facilitators carry out continuous assessments of learners in all subjects to get feedback on students' performance. This provides areas for action. Facilitators record attendance of learners and community participation. Supervisors monitor the management of centers including, facilitator attendance and learner performance, learner attendance, and community participation. These activities are daily, weekly, monthly, each term, etc.
Standardized assessment performanceTeacher attendanceStudent attendanceStudent retention