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Forget Madonna – Malawi’s parents find their own way of keeping girls in school

The superstar’s much-hyped bid to set up a girls’ academy failed. Now villagers are ensuring their daughters stay in education, and success is built on small steps – like making sure pupils have lunch

On weak-legged plastic chairs under the partial shade of one of the schoolyard’s two vast acacia trees, there is a lot of counting on fingers going on.

Their children might be well beyond basic maths now at Likwenu secondary, but these mothers, sharp as they are, have had little experience of formal arithmetic; there’s rarely money around to count.

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