Blantyre, Malawi

street in blantyre malawiBlantyre is located in the Shire Highlands, in the South of Malawi, Africa.

The city was founded 1876 through the missionary work of the Church of Scotland and has many historic and cultural heritage resources.

Today the city has a population of approx. 732,518 (2008 est.) and is Malawi's largest urban center as well as the center of finance and commerce.

Economy of Blantyre

Blantyre has a strong solid economic base for sustained economic growth and a diversified modern economy offering a wide range of employment opportunities. The commerce, trade and industry sector is the leading driving force of economic development in Malawi second only to agriculture and, therefore, a major contributor to GDP.

Education in Blantyre

The city of Blantyre has a wide range of educational facilities comprising primary school, secondary school and tertiary education as well as pre-school. These are provided by the government, City Assembly, missionary institutions and the private sector.

There are 50 primary schools in the city with a total enrolment in 1999 of approximately 134,000 students. This is less than 40% of the required schools resulting in excessive overcrowding of classrooms, long distance travel to/from school, unacceptably high student/teacher ratios and high proportion of students who hold classes outside under tree shades. The combination of overcrowding, inadequate and poorly maintained pit latrines, and learning in the open is exacerbating health hazards and deterioration of environmental quality in public school.

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