May 15, 2008 06:00 AM

The Material Girl is doing some material good.

Madonna is planning to establish a new school for girls in the impoverished African nation of Malawi, Reuters reports.

“It is a multi-million-dollar project,” her attorney, Alan Chinula, told the wire service. “We will get the real costs in the next two weeks.”

The lawyer added that a “task force” of four well-known Malawians has already been tapped to oversee the project. It will be “on the scale of what Oprah Winfrey has in South Africa.”

(The talk show host opened her $40-million, all-girls leadership academy in South Africa last year – and endured an abuse scandal at the school.)

But before Madonna breaks ground on her new project, the singer – who recently produced a documentary about HIV/AIDS orphans in Malawi – has some personal business in the small African nation.

Next week, Malawi’s high court is expected to approve her bid to adopt two-year-old David Banda. (The controversial adoption has been in the works for more than a year.)

Chinula told Reuters it is unlikely Madonna will actually attend the hearing, due to scheduling conflicts.

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