DAPP hands over tailoring startup tools to satellite tailoring students
DAPP Dowa Teacher Training College (TTC) Satellite Training Centre held an Open Day on the 30th of May 2018 where 49 young women and girls who have undergone tailoring training at the institution received startup tools. The tools include sewing machines, measuring tapes, cloth materials, scissors and irons. The distribution exercise aimed at encouraging them to put into practice the knowledge and skills which they have acquired in the 4 month training so that they become self-sufficient young women and girls who can make a difference in their respective communities and the country as a whole.
The event was patronized by Dowa district assistant youth, sports and labour officer Joseph Kachigamba, Dowa Police Station officials, chiefs, Dowa TTC staff, parents and guardians, among others.
DAPP Dowa TTC Principal Blessings Kambewa urged the training participants to capitalize on the skills and startup tools to bring a positive impact in their respective families and communities. “Let the skills which you have attained through this training enable you to become self-reliant and change not only your lives, but also the lives of those around you,” he said.
On his part, Kachigamba who was the event’s guest of honour told the participants that the skills and knowledge acquired were so powerful and that they will be able to use them for the rest of their lives. “I Implore you to take care of the startup tools and use the skills wisely so you can generate funds that will enable you uplift your lives,” Kachigamba said.
With financial support from Sympany of Holland, Mikolongwe Vocational School expanded its operations to equipping vulnerable girls from under privileged households surrounding the four DAPP TTCs with vocational and business management skills for socio-economic development. The training program runs for four months targeting young women between the age of 18 to 24 who are vulnerable in their communities due to school drop outs, early marriages and orphanage, among others. The program intends to reach 720 young girls and women with tailoring skills by 2020. So far, a total of 289 young women and girls have attended the training.