Case Story – Mark Ndhlovu, Cobbler and Shoe Making student
Mark Ndhlovu is a Cobbler and Shoe making student undergoing training at DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School. Coming from Ndhlovu village in Traditional Authority Mzikubola in Mzimba district, Mark was enrolled at DAPP Mzimba Teacher Training College Satellite Centre that had been established to train youth with the vocational and entrepreneurial skills.
Upon completion of their six month training, Mark was among 8 students with outstanding performances that were selected to be further trained at Mikolongwe Vocational School.
He said before joining the Cobbler and Shoe Making course he was just staying at home and keeping goats. He says his plan is to open a shoe making business when be goes back to Mzimba. "I would like to establish my shoe making business when I go back to Mzimba and because I am at an advanced level of my training, I will be able to make shoes of good quality," he said.
The Cobbler and Shoe Making project is one of the courses being offered at DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School. The school trains youth in both formal and informal training and has to date trained over 10,600 youth in Malawi.