APU

APU Girls in Class

Malawi is a small, landlocked nation in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of 16.3 million citizens. Only 62.7 percent of the total population is literate; 76.1 percent of men can read and write as opposed to only 49.8 percent of women. While many children can get an elementary education because primary schooling is free, schooling attainment falls considerably among adolescents. Atsikana Pa Ulendo (APU) is a girls’ secondary school located 19 miles west of Lilongwe that is addressing the gender gap by providing quality education in a rural community and offering scholarships to students who otherwise could not afford to attend. Currently, the school’s three classroom blocks allow for a capacity of 360 students. APU and Circle of Women will build a fourth classroom block in order to expand the student capacity to 480 students by 2017.

For more information about the APU Project, please contact apumanagement@circleofwomen.org.

Latest Updates: Project Blog

APU 2013 Newsletter is Here!

APU’s 2013 Newsletter is finally here!  Many thanks to Christie Johnson for putting together a wonderful summary of the year.  So much incredible progress! APU Newsletter 2013

APU Girls – Off to the University of Malawi

We received another incredible update from Christie (Co-Founder and Executive Director of APU) about University attendance statistics from the class of 2012.  She writes… “Our girls at APU in Malawi have great news to share!  100% of the girls from last year’s Form 2 class have passed their J.C. (Junior Certificate) Examinations.    In addition, […]

MSCE Exam Results – Amazing News for APU!

We recently heard from Christie (Co-Founder and Executive Director of APU) about the MSCE exam results for APU’s Class of 2013.  She writes… “The exam results for the MSCE (Malawi School Certificate Examination) have just been released and APU students and teachers have reason to celebrate. The national pass rate for this exam was 52% […]

Introduction to Project APU

Malawi is a small, landlocked nation in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of 16.3 million citizens. Known for its dense population and poor economy, Malawi is among the top 10 countries with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS. The life expectancy is barely more than 50 years, and most people live on only a few dollars a […]

LocationNsaru, Malawi

Area OverviewOnly 62.7 percent of the total population is literate; 76.1 percent of men can read and write as opposed to only 49.8 percent of women. With the 14th highest fertility rate in the world of 5.35 children born per woman, education is often pushed aside to meet the responsibilities of child-bearing and child-rearing.

Project TeamHarvard

Particular NeedAPU required an expansion of facilities to accommodate its growing student body.

Customized Solution Circle of Women built a fourth classroom block in order to expand the student capacity by 120 students for a total of 480. By phasing in 40 more students annually, APU will reach full capacity at 480 students by 2017.

Sustainability PlanIn progress.

EnrollmentFormerly at 360; goal of 480 enrolled students by 2017.

PartnersMemory Mdyetseni and Christie Johnson of Malawi Education Foundation (MEF)

Project StatusConstruction completed

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