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Decolonial Approaches to AIDS, Children’s Wellbeing, and Education in Malawi

  • Zikani Kaunda
  • Nancy KendallEmail author
  • Upenyu Majee
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Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

Children’s and communities’ quality of life in Malawi has been significantly and negatively impacted by the AIDS syndemic. Up to 10% of Malawian children now live with their grandparents in deeply resource-constrained households, where they face multiple threats to their wellbeing. International development organizations have responded to these threats with projects aimed at supporting vulnerable children’s education. This chapter utilizes decolonial frameworks to describe the key normative assumptions that shape these school projects and limit their utility in improving vulnerable children’s and AIDS-affected communities’ quality of life; and provides two case studies of alternative program efforts that destabilize these assumptions and mobilize new modes of community participation to transform vulnerable children’s individual, familial, and collective wellbeing.

Keywords

Malawi HIV/AIDS School Participation Quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Participatory Engagement and Quality ImprovementZombaMalawi
  2. 2.Department of Educational Policy StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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