Malawi Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Malawi is a country in the southeastern part of Africa. This lesson will teach you about Malawi, where you can find it on a map, what kinds of food they eat, what languages people speak there, and some other cool facts about this country.

Where is Malawi

Imagine rowing a boat in a very deep lake. Along the shores, you see sandy beaches, rolling hills, green trees, and mountains in the distance. Not only are eagles fishing for their dinner, but people are, too! They are also swimming and snorkeling in the clear water. You are in the country of Malawi on its famous, same-named lake!

Malawi is a small country in southeastern Africa that is surrounded by other countries and has no ocean access. It shares borders with Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia. It would fit inside the state of Wyoming more than two times.

The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe (pronounced lih-LONG-gway), which can be found in the middle of the country. It is one of the biggest cities in Malawi and got its name from a river that flows close by.

Street in Lilongwe
Street in Lilongwe

People speak many native African languages in Malawi, but the two official languages are Chichewa (pronounced chi-CHAY-wah) and English. Many store signs in Malawi are in English, so you would be able to read them while visiting.

If you want to buy a snack on the street, you'll have to exchange your US dollars for Malawian kwacha (pronounced QUA-chuh) because that is the money they use.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is one of the deepest lakes on Earth. It is about 2,310 feet deep at its deepest point, which is longer than six football fields!

Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi

It is also called Lake Nyasa (pronounced nigh-AH-suh), a word which means 'lake.'

Lake Malawi takes up a lot of Malawi's eastern border and is 363 miles long from north to south. There are hundreds of different kinds of fish that swim around in this lake. At certain times of the year, so many flies hatch that they look like smoke swirling around the water!

Life in Malawi

Besides catching fish to eat, people in Malawi also catch the millions of flies that hatch on lakes. They are squished and made into patties that you can eat like hamburgers!

If you lived in Malawi, you would probably work on a farm because that is what most people do. Farmers grow corn, which they call maize, to feed their families. They eat some of it straight off the cob, but most of it is ground up into flour for cooking. It is so important to them that locals say, 'Maize is life.'

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