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Education in Africa: a discussion with Maloto founder & President Anna Msow...

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Africa’s education system is in a state of crisis—an estimated 61 million African children will reach adolescence without the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. In Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, most children will not even reach grade 5. Poverty, lack of transportation, early pregnancy and poor quality education and other factors keep kids out of school. Inside the classroom, overcrowding, lack of resources and teacher shortages make learning difficult. Malawi lost an entire generation to HIV/AIDS and simply cannot afford to lose another to lack of education.

Join us on Thursday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30pm for an intimate conversation with Anna Msowoya-Keys, founder and president of Maloto, along with longtime friend, supporter, Young Professional Board member and former Maloto volunteer Claire Koshland, on current educational issues in Malawi and the US and what we can do to ensure quality education for all.

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Native Malawian Anna Msowoya-Keys has lived and worked throughout Africa with some of the most disadvantaged populations for over twenty years. A strong believer in the transformative power of quality education, she helped start Maloto’s feeding and after-school tutoring program nearly ten years ago and it has since grown into a thriving network of grassroots groups and an internationally accredited secondary school. Anna divides her time between her homes in Mzuzu, Malawi and Nyack, New York.

Claire Koshland is the lead third grade teacher at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn. Prior to her role at Senesh, Claire and her husband Jacob Koshland spent a year volunteering for Maloto in Malawi where she taught English Language and Literature at Mzuzu Academy and a mixed-age early childhood enrichment class at Kwithu CBO. She also worked with the educational director of Kwithu CBO to establish the center’s very own Early Childhood Education Program for 3-5 year olds in the local community. She received a dual MA in General Childhood and Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in 2015. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Art History in 2009.


Hosted by Maloto's NYC-based Young Professionals Board. Food and drinks will be served.

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