Malawi

  • Social work training institutions
    • University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Catholic University of Malawi
  • History of Social Work

“Social work education in Malawi dates back to 1964 when Magomero College, a training institution under the then Ministry of Local Government, introduced a certificate programme in community development mainly targeting Malawi Young Pioneers to effectively implement community development projects. The Young Pioneers were an elite wing of the League of Malawi Youth, a nationalist movement of the then ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) (Phiri, 2000). In 1966 government established the Ministry of Community and Social Development that inherited Magomero College and the certificate course. The growing need for social welfare
services within the communities led to the incorporation of more social work modules into the curriculum and in 1978, the College introduced a fully-fledged certificate programme in social welfare that produced Social Welfare Assistants (SWAs). During this period, the professional cadre of social welfare officers were drawn from
sociology and other social sciences and sent for professional training at Swansea University in Wales”, (Kakowa, 2006).

  • Social work association
    • National Association of Social Workers in Malawi (NASWIM)

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