Malawi Secondary Education Expansion for Development (SEED)

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

The Malawi Secondary Education Expansion for Development (SEED) activity is funded by USAID and PEPFAR and includes urban expansion and rural construction of Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs). In rural areas, SEED is constructing new “greenfield” CDSS facilities in areas where secondary school access has historically been limited. SEED is a $90 million investment in new secondary schools (complete with boys’ and girls’ latrine blocks and sanitary changing rooms for girls). Through the proper design of classroom learning spaces and school facility infrastructure that decrease distance to schools, and increased access to secondary education, young Malawians will be provided the opportunity to learn, which improves economic growth and personal attainment. Furthermore, by providing a proper learning environment (sanitary conditions, decongested classrooms, and closer access to schools), young girls will remain in school longer, reducing the risk of early pregnancy, early marriage, and HIV exposure.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2021 -


Feps GmbH, Tetra Tech Inc.

Ministry Affiliation

Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST)

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary enrollment
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • School facilities
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Early/child marriage
  • Gender equality
  • HIV and STIs
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • N/A

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Improving transportation

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms
  • Construction/improvement of schools

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services

Life skills education

  • Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)

Policy/legal environment

  • Public-private partnerships


  • Hiring more teachers (both men and women)

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of sex-specific toilets

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased years of schooling
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced child marriage