The Presidential Elections in May 2014 were won by Arthur Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The incumbent president, Joyce Banda, resigned. But after the sudden death of Bingu wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda took over the presidency in her capacity as vice-president. Arthur Peter Mutharika is the brother of Bingu wa Mutharika; he is a lawyer and has also lectured as a professor in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and the USA.
In Malawi a classroom is shared by 125 children – because there are not enough schools, not enough teachers, and not enough money for teaching materials. However, education is the key to a brighter future. People with knowledge, who are able to read, to write and to calculate, who are able to inform themselves, are less dependent on others, are less vulnerable to being exploited, and are able to free themselves from poverty. This explains why we prepare children from Malawi with selective projects for their future. Our focus is integration, primarily by enhancing their confidence in their abilities. They should be proud of their culture, their knowledge, and their abilities. We want to make them aware of what they are able to and what they can achieve. We all benefit from these intercultural and shared projects. We are different and that is why we permanently learn from one another and we grow closer to the other culture through personal contact.
The Republic of Malawi lies in South East Africa, on the borders to Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia. The country is mainly famous for two things: its beautiful and diverse nature; and its hospitality. The greatest wealth of this small country is Lake Malawi, which spreads from the far north-eastern tip of the country deep down to the South.
The former British Protectorate gained independence in 1964. Since 2014, Malawi has been ruled by Arthur Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. A majority of its 15 million inhabitants live on less than 1 US$ a day. The majority of the population depends on subsistence economy.