United States Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on August 27 swore-in a group of 22 Peace Corps education trainees as Volunteers in Lilongwe.
For the next two years the new Volunteers will serve as Math, Science, and English Teachers and Teacher Trainers at Community Day Secondary Schools in various secondary schools in Kasungu, Mzimba, Chitipa, Mzuzu, Zomba, Lilongwe, Rumphi, Nkhata-bay, Ntcheu, Machinga, Mulanje, Mangochi and Chiradzulu.
In her remarks Ambassador Palmer observed that education volunteers hold a very special position as a trusted member of a secondary school community and have a unique role to play as they work closely with one of Malawi’s most precious resources, its young people
She said, “As we all know, education is fundamental to development – but it can be challenging in Malawi. At Community Day Secondary Schools, where these volunteers will work, there is a shortage of qualified teachers, textbooks, and laboratories. But there is no shortage of enthusiastic young people who are ready to learn and who will overcome tremendous obstacles to earn a brighter future for themselves and for their country.”
Prior to being sworn-in the volunteers underwent 10 weeks of intensive language, technical and cultural training at Kaphaizi and Mangwazu Villages in Kasungu. During the 10 weeks, the trainees lived with host families, where they learned Chichewa and Chitumbuka.
More than 2,600 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Malawi since the program was established in 1963. These new additions bring the total number of Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi to 122.