There is an African saying: “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.”
Education is at the very centre of the collaboration between Roche and UNICEF in Malawi. Since 2003, funds raised through the Children’s Walk, Roche’s unique global employee event, have gone towards the construction of the massive Teacher’s Training Centre (TTC) in Chiradzulu, in southern Malawi, the first of three such centres UNICEF is planning to build over time.
It is worth noting that Malawi has a need for over 20,000 teachers, many of them dying during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Roche supported the building of the college, which encompasses classrooms, a laboratory and a large auditorium that provide an optimal setting for instruction in a variety of subjects: languages, literature, maths, science, technology and agriculture. Students are accommodated in utilitarian two-person rooms, while houses for teachers and their families help the school attract well-qualified specialists.
In 2015 the Teacher’s Training opened its doors and is now also fully functional. This would not have been possible without funds that Roche employees gave during the Children’s Walk.