The idea of the DAPP Teacher Training Program is to train primary school teachers dedicated to teach in the rural areas while making them agents of change in the communities where they are going to teach.
The DAPP Teacher Training program is a 30 month training designed for young teachers to become highly qualified and trained in professional teaching in challenging local environments as well as in community development at large; energetically follow the conviction that all primary school pupils have the potential to become skillful and productive members of society; become acquainted to modern ways of research and teaching and inspire their pupils to understand the importance of up-to-date technologies and techniques; be interested in development and in actively shaping a positive future for their society and for the individuals they interact with; be highly demanding concerning their own achievements- and serve as role-models to their pupils to do likewise; understand learning and skills training not as a technical issue but as humanly motivated, demanding responsibility and contribution from each individual, and to be delivered unreserved and with care; and, through their training enabled to spearhead community building and pro-actively support development efforts in the area around their respective schools.
The year 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of the DNS program in Malawi which has thus graduated a total of 1,163 teachers who understand learning and skills training not as a technical issue but as humanly motivated. During September 2013, the four colleges launched the new three year program with the 344 students who eager to learn and make a difference in Malawi’s education sector.
The students in Team 2011 completed the school based teaching practice at the end of the 2012/13 school session in July 2013. The 294 students took an active part in ensuring that the projects they had started are sustained in the communities, they involved local leaders, head teachers and teachers who had been in full support of their initiatives.
The students graduated in November and are awaiting deployment to rural primary schools by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at DNS Dowa, the Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Agnes Chatipwa Mandebvu
Following the 100% pass rate of the Initial Primary Teacher Education exams administered by the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB), the Team of 350 students after successful completion of their first year, the students started the school based teaching practice in September 2013. Prior to leaving the college campuses, the students and teaching practice coordinators went through the schemes of work they had prepared and the various teaching and learning materials they had made during the week long Teaching and Learning Using Locally Available Resources (TALULAR) week. The students are in 54 teaching practice schools where they are continuing the various school and community activities which were established by their Team 2011 colleagues who have now graduated.
Team March 2013
The 223 students who are the last team enrolled in the 2.5 year program have fully taken the responsibility of their own training. The students have been equipped with computer literacy skills which allow them to take independent initiative to study various subjects in depth using the computers of which one of them has access to with unique usernames and passwords. Through this mode of training and with close guidance and supervision from the lecturers and group teachers, the students have developed good planning and organizational skills.
Team September 2013
The pioneer team of this new program students have been undergoing the first period of their first year of training called Crossing the Rubicon which is in readiness of the four months bus travel to countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The students have studied economic development, traditions, education, political systems, the basic facts about the countries they will travel to and also the languages spoken in those countries. Preparations for the bus travel have been in full swing with students working hand in hand with their teachers in finalizing their passport applications.