Illiteracy rate rises amongst young mothers in Malawi’s Mulanje district

By Doreen Mwangatah

Young mothers in Mulanje District in Malawi are hesitating to continue with their education after delivery thus scaling up the illiteracy rate in Mulanje.

One of the young mothers at Mulanje District Hospital, Eliza Patrick, who is 17 years of age, expressed her interest to go back to school after delivery but due to lack of financial support from her parents she dropped out of school. This is a common challenge that most young mothers face. Availability of loans would enable parents to borrow money so that they can-do small-scale businesses to support their children who are showing interest to continue their education.

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