A new controversy surrounding Madonna’s latest education project in the country which is the native home of two of her adopted children, raises many questions after Malawi education authorities on Thursday challenged a claim by Madonna’s organization, that her charity last year built 10 new schools in the poor southern African nation.
Education Minister Eunice Kazembe said…
“The schools Raising Malawi claims to have constructed were already in existence. Raising Malawi only built 10 classroom blocks and not schools. People should know the difference between the two.”
In December Madonna’s charity in tandem with global non-profit buildOn, announced the completion of 10 schools, claiming they would provide education to 4,871 children.
Madonna said in a statement issued at the time…
“I am overjoyed that my commitment along with buildOn’s to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition.”
Malawi’s education minister said the country wanted to “clarify any misconceptions that may arise.”
Raising Malawi released a full report (PDF) on the BuildOn school project.