They go to school, but not every day. At school they are in classes with 75 others. How can a teacher distinguish talent? Or difficulties? Their future is unlikely to have many surprises. As their parents, they'll probably finish school around 17, marry young, become farmers, raise a family and stay in the village or a neighbouring village. Looking at their creativity, their resilience and thinking about the possessions and possibilities children in The Netherlands have the difference can't be bigger. But slowly Malawi is moving towards a different future. Their new President, Joyce Banda (see also Knit Malawi V) called a female Government Minister for Education so that's a positive start. For the education system in this country needs a dramatic improvement. Better conditions for teachers, better facilities, smaller classes, better equipment, a better connection between primary and secondary school. A lot to do for the children's future.
So here are some smiles, for they seem to smile most of the time.