U.S. Government Supports Malawi’s National Reading Program

Earlier today, U.S. Ambassador Virginia Palmer and Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Bright Msaka SC, visited the Kris Offset Printers factory in Blantyre to appreciate the printing of 1,017,330 Standard 2 English Textbooks as part of the U.S. Government’s support to the Government of Malawi’s National Reading Program. The printing of the English Textbooks is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) support of $5.6 million which involves printing of 6.8 million English and Chichewa Books for Standards 1 to 4.

After touring the printing factory, Honorable Minister Msaka thanked the U.S. Government through Ambassador Palmer for the kind support towards Malawi’s education sector. Ambassador Palmer said the books should help students to learn to read so that they can read to learn. She also encouraged teachers to allow learners to take the books home saying learning does not stop in the classroom.  The 6.8 million textbooks for Standards 1 to 4 will be enough for every learner to have a set of books to use in school and to take home for further reading practice with their family and community members.  Learn more about USAID’s education programs in Malawi at: https://www.usaid.gov/malawi/education