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Government of Malawi through the Ministries of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare and Education, Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Roger Federer Foundation (RFF) that commit both parties to collaborate in efforts to increase participation in organized learning and school readiness of children before they enter primary school.

RFF which has been active in Malawi since 2011 in the field of early childhood care and education has committed $10.5 million which is equivalent K8.1 billion towards the school readiness program. The program seeks to establish processes for joint responsibility on immediate improvements for early learners and will run until 2025.

Speaking during the signing of the MOU, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Erica Maganga applauded RFF for the continued investment in Early Childhood education.

“Studies have shown that if a child is not well prepared for school, they do not progress in education. This program is very important because it will give our children a good start in life,” she said.

RFF Chief Executive Officer Janine Haendel said the investment is aimed at giving poor and vulnerable learners a good start into formal education.

“It is a milestone to sign this MOU today. Our relationship has been close and cordial for the past nine years. We are happy with this relationship and we will continue with focusing on preparing the children because we want every child in Malawi to have a good start in education and smooth transition to primary school” said Haendel.

The program will be implemented in 19 districts by different stakeholders including local non-governmental organizations and ministries of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare.