58 DAPP trained adolescent girls and Young women (AGYW) graduated with certificates in Tailoring from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) on 2nd of October at Phalombe District youth office,
The AGYW from traditional authorities Jenala, Kaduya and Mkhumba in Phalombe district were trained in tailoring for four months through a course known as Mobile training being run by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi with financial support from Sympany from the Netherlands. The training equips AGYW with skills in basic tailoring and entrepreneurship skills and has trained 148 participants since 2016.
Present at the graduation ceremony was the Ward councilor for Livulezi Ward in Phalombe South constituency Mr. Bernard Mkomwa, Traditional Authority Senior Chief Kaduya, village headman Bokosi and community members
“I commend DAPP for the work they are doing here and I know the lives of these trained girls will no longer be the same again. I would like to urge DAPP to come back to Phalombe as they are more youth in the district which needs training like this” Said Mr. Mkomwa
Gladys Kapa, a Student representative thanked DAPP Malawi, Sympany and TEVETA for coming up with the Tailoring training in Phalombe. She further thanked Phalombe district council for allowing DAPP to come and train them.
The graduates also received start up tools including a sewing machine to encourage teamwork among the groups of three’s known as trio groups and to encourage them to put their skills into practice.
The project targets to equip 270 AGYW with technical and entrepreneurial skills to equip them to start their own small scale businesses by 2021.
Being implemented at DAPP Chilangoma Teachers training college (TTC) in Traditional Authority Kuntaja, Blantyre district, the Tourism and Hospitality project aims at providing an educational opportunity in tourism and hospitality to 20 young people to become reliable and profitable human resource in the tourism sector.
On the 19th of September, Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) Assistant Training Programs Specialist for southern region’s informal sector visited the project to appreciate the implementation process to date. The students also displayed the skills they have attained through demonstrations and serving the officials.
“I am impressed with how the students demonstrated an understanding of the skills and knowledge they have learned so far” said Mr. Clifton Kambalame
The project will result in an increase in employment opportunities within Malawi’s expanding tourism industry which will in turn contribute to the country’s sustainable development.
After completing the six months of training on campus, students will then complete a 2-month professional internship within the tourism sector. Once the students successfully complete this course, they will receive a Government-recognized certificate (Technical Education Vocational Entrepreneurial &Training Authority – TEVETA) in tourism. The project started in January 2019 and phases out in 2020.