DAPP teachers offer learning platforms to pupils
Themed “Show me, tell me”, three DAPP trained and graduated teachers working at Nthulo Primary school in Nansato zone, Thyolo district organized an open day on the 25th of July for their leaners to showcase the knowledge and skills they have attained so far this year.
Through demonstrative teaching sessions, drama, poems and speeches, the pupils of Nthulo primary school indeed put their skills and knowledge to practice inspiring parents, community members and chiefs with 1,230 pupils and 300 community members in attendance.
In his remarks, village head man Nthulo thanked the school for organizing such a “Show me, tell me event” which to the community was a display of what their children have learnt in the 2018/2019 academic year.
The three teachers namely Robert Banda, George Mphanje and Juliet Hadgeson are DAPP trained and graduated teachers under a network program known as DAPP 400 primary schools which comprises of DAPP graduated teachers working in government primary schools who voluntarily stick together to share ideas, skills and experiences on how to improve the environments around their schools.
With 86 teachers working in 74 primary schools in 18 districts across the country, the program is called 400 primary schools as it plans to reach its target of having 400 DAPP graduated teachers in 400 rural government primary schools.
Teachers under the program meet regularly to plan and evaluate their work and produce locally made teaching and learning materials for their respective primary schools. In addition, the teachers network produces supplementary teaching and learning materials adapted from the Malawi government’s education curriculum called Spines which they use on top of what is already provided by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Through its four Teacher Training colleges (TTC’s) namely Amalika in Thyolo, Chilangoma in Blantyre, Dowa in Dowa and Mzimba TTC in Mzimba, a total of 2,919 teachers have graduated from the TTC’s.