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A child growing up in Malawi

You are a child growing up in Malawi.  How important do you think education is in helping you get a job when you finish school?


Link to 'A child growing up in Malawi' pdf

How this fits

This scenario invites pupils to think about the importance of education to a child in Malawi, as well as encouraging them to think about the importance of their own education.  It is perhaps salient to observe that eighty per cent of people in Malawi work in agriculture and to consider the prospects of this figure changing.

Curriculum links


1.5a Understanding how sequences of events and activities in the physical and human worlds lead to a change in places, landscapes and societies.

1.7b Appreciating how people’s values and attitudes differ and may influence social, environmental, economic and political issues, and developing their own values and attitudes about such issues.

3g Human geography, built and managed environments and human processes.


1.3d Exploring community cohesion and the different forces that bring about change in communities over time.

3g The needs of the local community and how these are met through public services and the voluntary sector.

Where to go

Education & Jobs; Growing up; Economy & Industry; Climate & Agriculture.

What to watch

Economy (video); Greetings (video).

Follow-up questions

  1. What sort of job might someone growing up in Malawi hope to get?
  2. How important do you think education is in helping you get a job in the UK?
  3. How might someone in Malawi or the UK improve their chances of getting the job they want?

Tags: development; education; employment

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Scenarios are teaching resources designed for use in the classroom or as homework. They are linked to the National Curriculum and content on the Our Africa website. See about scenarios for more information on the topics used and their position in the curriculum.



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