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Youth Center at St. Mary´s Girls Primary School in Karonga

In 2017 - with financial support from BMZ - we established a youth centre at St. Mary's Girls Primary School, where young people can inform themselves about all issues related to sexual health, family planning, women's rights, HIV prophylaxis and the consequences of progressive population growth.

The aim of this pilot project, which was carried out in close cooperation between the school and our local project partner IIWD, was to build up an organisational structure that would allow sustainable and effective work in the field of "Reproductive Health" to be established in the long term.

For this purpose, a "peer group" of specially trained teachers and students was formed within the framework of this project, which was limited to one year from the outset, in order to















Corona and the Consequences for the Youth Center in Karonga


This project would not have been possible without the financial support of the BMZ, the German Federal ministry for economic copperation and development, and many donations from individuals. We would like to express our sincere thanks for this help, also on behalf of the teachers and pupils of St. Mary's Girls Primary School in Karonga.

At the end of 2018, we provided another 3,000 euros to improve the catastrophic water supply at the school by drilling a water hole and building a well.

At the same time, Mr. Rodney Chitete, the new headmaster of St. Mary's Girls Primary School, promised us that under his leadership, the youth centre would be continued for a period of at least 5 years and that the topic of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) would be anchored in the school's curriculum in the long term.

Due to the Corona pandemic, the schools in Malawi were closed for many months, so that it was unfortunately not possible to maintain the activities of the youth centre. Even though school activities had partially restarted in the meantime, the existing restrictions do not allow the youth centre to continue in its intended form for the foreseeable future:

"Since we have many pupils, we are required to use shifts so that we can reduce congestion as one way of observing precautionary measures of Covid 19" (Dennis Chitete, St. Mary's Girls Primary School head teacher). 

Due to the currently dramatically escalating Corona situation in Malawi, it is still not clear whether, how and when the youth centre will be able to resume its work.