Bolera Palms School (BPS) is a model primary school located in the Mangochi District on the Southern shores of Lake Malawi. Students attending BPS live in one of the poorest regions in Malawi. Although there is universal primary education in Malawi, there are particularly low levels of school attendance in the region served by BPS, due to the lack of a nearby primary school and because of widespread reliance on child labor to supplement meager household incomes.
With class sizes averaging 30 students (less than one-third that of other Malawian primary schools), a high-quality academic curriculum, and ongoing pedagogical supports for the instructional staff, BPS students are achieving exceptionally positive growth in core academic subjects. Students are performing substantially ahead of their grade level; attendance rates are high; and there is strong student engagement in daily educational and recreational activities. The school also provides meals and a range of preventive health services, further supporting the positive development of BPS students.
YPI provides in-kind, technical, and financial supports to Bolera Palms School. It has provided the school materials to support instructional practices and has helped finance a van to transport BPS graduates to regional secondary schools.