June 29, 2017
On June 28, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Malawi in Lilongwe, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 1.947 billion yen for the Project for Expanding and Upgrading the Domasi College of Education.
The project will provide the facilities and equipment required for the Domasi College of Education to transition from a three-year to a four-year institution, thereby creating an environment to train high-quality qualified secondary education teachers and contributing to an improvement in the quality of secondary education.
As a result of making elementary education free in 1994, Malawi has seen a rapid rise in enrollment at that level, from 1.9 million in 1994 to 4.2 million in 2011 with an accompanying rise in the secondary education enrollment from 54,000 in 2003 to 256,000 in 2011. This increase in the number of students at secondary schools has led to an inadequate number of qualified secondary school teachers, an issue that the Government of Malawi has addressed quantitatively by reassigning qualified elementary school teachers to the secondary level. In order to expand the number of qualified secondary school teachers, the Domasi College of Education, which was an institution for teaching elementary school teachers and is the target of the project, was changed to a school for secondary school teachers, greatly contributing to the number of teachers at that level. With the aim of raising the quality of qualified secondary school teachers even higher, the Government of Malawi decided to change the programs at secondary school teaching colleges from three years to four years, increasing the number of qualified secondary school teachers trained to a certain standard. The Domasi College of Education therefore converted to a four-year program in 2015, but lacks the facilities and equipment to provide the education needed for high-quality certified secondary school teachers.
The project will provide a lecture building, a laboratory building, a library and other facilities, which is expected to allow 300 more students to obtain secondary school teaching certificates each year.
In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out technical cooperation to support the formulation of a four-year curriculum for secondary school teacher colleges to build the capacity of currently employed secondary school mathematics and science teachers, thus supporting, in terms of both facilities and human resources capacity, the achievement of “expanding the training of high-quality qualified secondary school teachers,” a goal described in the “Second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy.” Through these efforts, JICA is contributing toward the achievement of Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
|Country||Republic of Malawi|
|Project title||The Project for Expanding and Upgrading the Domasi College of Education|
|Planned implementation period||24 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Education, Science and Technology|
|Target region, facilities||Domasi College of Education, Domasi city, Zomba District|
|Specific project details (provisional)||(1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Facilities: Lecture building, laboratory building, library, office building, staff cafeteria, women’s dormitories, men’s dormitory, a roofed passage, other (total area: 10,400 square meters); accessory facilities including a water purification tank and an elevated water tank
Furniture: School furniture, including desks, chairs and bookcases
Equipment: Science laboratory equipment, library equipment, other
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision