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Madonna to build 10 schools in Malawi

Madonna on Monday announced plans to build 10 new schools in Malawi with a new partner after mismanagement forced the pop star to scrap her first project there last year.

The singer, who has adopted two children from the southern African nation, said she hoped the 10 new schools would educate at least 1,000 children a year, half of them girls.

That is double the number of children she hoped to help with her previously planned academy for girls, which was scrapped in March 2011 because of mismanagement and cost overruns. Madonna said her Raising Malawi charity was teaming up this time with the non-profit group build , which has constructed 54 primary schools in Malawi in the last 19 years.

Madonna’s earlier plan to build a state of the art girls school for about 400 girls just outside the Malawi capital Lilongwe collapsed last year, and the board of her Raising Malawi charity was fired.

The New York Times said at the time that $3.8m had been spent on the school with little to show for it. The singer has lent $11m to the organisation which she co-founded in 2006.

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