Eliza Adam is 86 years old. She comes from Nthulo village in Traditional Authority Ngolongoliwa, Thyolo district. One afternoon, standard 8 learners from Nthulo primary school paid here a visit. Led by their class teacher Mr George Mphanje, the learners had been prepared to visit the Gogo (old woman) to cheer her up, donated grocery items and assist her with the household chores.
George Mphanje is a Deputy Head teacher at Mphanje. He graduated from DAPP Chilagoma Teachers Training College.
He is a member of the DAPP graduated teachers network that voluntarily stick together to share ideas and experiences on how to improve the environments around their schools known as 400 Primary Schools.
He said supporting the elderly in the communities they live in together with the learners is one way of grooming the young generation to grow up into responsible citizens.
“When we contribute money as a class and buy items for people in need we are learning that it is everyone’s responsibility to support the needy regardless of whether we are related to them or not,” said one of the learners.
For the second time, George led his class to Gogo Eliza’s house where the learners went to cheer her up and assisted with household chores.
The learners swept the compound, fetched water from the borehole and prepared food for Gogo Eliza.
All cheered up, Gogo Eliza said the gesture is priceless and she encouraged the learners and their teacher to continue being supportive saying this is what makes responsible citizens.
George Mphanje said supporting the needy is one of the thing he learnt while studying with DAPP TTCs. During one of the learning periods called fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor, they are required to support people in their localities when a need arises and this is just one of the gestures at the same time using materials they can find locally.
DAPP Malawi participated in the International Youth Day commemorations that took place on 25 October 2019 at Embangweni Primary School ground in Mzimba district. The commemorations had been organised by Mzimba district council to celebrate youth in and around the district.The event was commemorated under the theme “Youth and Education: The Role of Education in Social Economic and Behaviour Change”.Students undergoing a Cobbler and Shoe Making course offered by DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School at DAPP Mzimba Teachers Training College displayed the shoes that they have been producing in fulfilment of their training. The celebrations were graced by the District Commissioner for Mzimba. Also in attendance was the District Youth Officer and the Traditional Authority Inkosi Mzukuzuku. International Youth Day is commemorated to raise awareness and draw attention to issues that affect the youth.
Owen Mchocho is a Malawian born on 6th March 1994. He comes from Chinyama village in Mulanje district. Owen grew up in his home village and upon completion of his secondary school he enrolled with DAPP Malawi’s Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS) for a 6 months tailoring course.
Owen went straight into business and setup a shop in Chigumula Township in the commercial city of Blantyre soon after completion of the course. The shop was opened together with a fellow graduate from the institution, James Chagunda with the start-up tools supplied by DAPP. Owen’s colleague, James, went on to open a shop of his own after buying a sewing machine.
Owen made extensive savings from his business for about 6 months and bought 3 sewing machines on top of the one he already had. He now runs 2 shops, 1 in Chigumula Township and the other in Mulanje his home town. He rents out the other 2 sewing machines to tailors within Blantyre district at a fee. Owen has since employed 2 permanent tailors for his 2 shops. He also produces tomatoes and vegetables, the tailoring course had an Agricultural element of backyard gardening. Owen has hence diverse income paths from his garden, machine rentals as well as from his 2 shops. In his home town Mulanje, he does also offer lessons at a fee to those who would want to become tailors and fashion designers.
Owen says during normal months he has been making more than MK200, 000.00 (more than 240 Euros). This is a computation from the MK120, 000.00 a month (MK60, 000.00 per month for each machine rental or MK15, 000.00 per week) and an average of MK60, 000.00 for his 2 shops in Chigumula and Mulanje. “I earn more than MK200, 000.00 per month exclusive of gardening proceeds which I realize after harvesting normally at 2 to 3 months’ intervals,” Owen further narrated.
With knowledge gained from DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS), Owen does not only support his family in everything but is also an employer of 2 community members. He also supports his 2 siblings with school fees while also paying his employees as well as shop rentals.