Primary school children in rural parts of Malawi normally get free meals at school; but, when the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close in March 2020, families were left with the added cost burden for meals. The young learners receive hot porridge made from maize or soya bean flour mixed with salt and sugar. The aim is to increase enrollment for children who might fail to attend classes because of hunger in their families, and to meet the nutrition needs of the students.
Mawofozi, a drawing artist attempted to tell the story in this piece of art. The drawing describes both the frustration associated with closing of schools as well as the hope that we can keep our spoons and plates as schools are ready to reopen.
@Conservation Arts 2020; Art + Activism Against Repression During the Covid-19 Crisis,
Open Society Foundations grant, Centre for Applied Human Rights – University of York (UK)