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Malawi students in Germany
Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Blog Category: 'Malawi General'

German student Emilia Peterson shares her thoughts on the differences between German and Malawian culture, people and lifestyles.

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The African zone known as Malawi nowadays was highly under populated with few hunter-gatherers back in the 10th century, before several groups of the Bantu speaking crowds heading south, decided to put a stop to their chase and create a home around Lake Malawi to find tribes based on common ancestry.

The Republic of Malawi is a southeastern African country that strives with developing means to improve the economy and its system of education among other concerns.

Their educational strategy has shifted their interests on agriculture and practical training rather than stressing academic preparation leading to access to secondary school and universities, therefore fewer students are prone to continuing their higher studies. It’s more common for student to start working immediately after primary school.

There are two main types of primary schools, namely assisted (public) and unassisted (private) schools. Primary schools can be found in many villages and communities throughout Malawi.
Secondary education has not yet fully developed in Malawi. Malawi has five types of secondary schools. There are aided boarding schools, aided day schools, government boarding-secondary schools, government day secondary schools, and private secondary schools. And yet, in each and every one of the Agriculture seems to be a compulsory subject for all the students.

A number of Malawi youngsters look  to go abroad to study - so affording them the opportunity also to travel.

Germany, for starters, is one of the many well-developed countries in the world that provides excellent opportunities for foreign students to follow their dreams and accomplish a degree. Education in Germany is open and utterly affordable for all the students, no matter what country they’re coming from.

There are also numerous part time job opportunities offering students a chance to maintain themselves while their study.

Malawi encourages a pro-Western foreign policy, which includes good diplomatic relationships with many Western countries, Germany being one of them and also a generous bilateral donor.
A number of Malawi student travel to a more developed domain in search of a decent chance for education and a better future. Some stay loyal to their country so after obtaining the certain degrees they go back and teach or help develop their area of expertise while others tend to indulge themselves on a more sophisticated lifestyle and a more profitable job market.

The German culture is immensely different, and the adaption process takes years yet with a lot of commitment and a genuine will to succeed a great number of Malawi students now cherish a symbiotic lifestyle together with every other German citizen, while they learn from each other about what lies beyond their borders.

The one thing they share is the love for music, dance, football and the love and appreciation for their natural habitat. They also share the passion for tradition and cultural heritage.

As every other expat, the Malawi students encounter a friendly and non-prejudicial environment the moment they step foot in the Germanic zone.

Germans can be cold and calculative, obeying some harsh customs yet they respect people based on who they are and their merit accomplishments in life, treating them equally race and gender wise.

German cities are all very different in their own unique way. Some are more dynamic and vibrant while others can be more peaceful and quiet. Financial wise, the western region is notoriously famous for being expensive while the East, Berlin in particular is quite affordable for a change.

A blog by Emilia Peterson.



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