Balloon Boys

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Uploaded 31 Jul 2008 — 7 favorites
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These boys are enjoying their recess break in the new free education system in Kande Village, Malawi.

Malawi became a multiparty democracy in 1993. This huge change in the political scene increased civil liberties but the system is certainly not without its problems.

One change democracy brought with it was free Primary school education. Unfortunately, the introduction of the program also created problems like overcrowded classrooms, unqualified teachers and lack of supplies. There is also a big problem with absenteeism because the term "free" is misunderstood to mean that attendance is voluntary - by both students and teachers.

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  • Gonzalo Munoz

    Gonzalo Munoz gave props (31 Jul 2008):

    Beautiful!!! is what childhood should be about.

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    this is truly awesome. very interesting background, too.

  • Mora Rahgozar

    Mora Rahgozar gave props (22 Feb 2013):

    Love it

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