• DAPP Malawi is in 2020 celebrating 25 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

Preschool caregivers graduate with certificates

24 Preschool care givers from Preschools around DAPP Chilangoma Teachers Training College (TTC) in Blantyre participated in a two week training on Early Childhood Development (ECD). The 24 care giver from 17 preschools around Chilangoma TTC being trained under DAPP’s preschool project which aims at reducing absenteeism, dropout rates and increasing preschool enrollment rates were awarded certificate after the completion of the training.

Training in session

Training in session

Caregivers with their certificates

Caregivers with their certificates

Chief Child Development Officer Mrs. Pauline Simwaka from the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, was the guest of honor, said “the transition program being implemented by DAPP is helping government’s dreams of transforming the education sector in ECD’s”

Mrs. Simwaka further commended the work chiefs are doing in the country as they act as advocates of development in the communities. “Chiefs are custodian in the community and they work with NGO’s and Government to enhance development in their areas. I encourage them to keep doing that” she concluded.

Also present at the function was Chief Gundo who assured DAPP and government representatives that they will make sure that these caregivers are getting the support needed from them and the community members to fulfill their goal. “As chiefs, we have the responsibility to make sure that the communities are educated inorder to eradicate illiteracy in our communities.” Said the chief.

Representative of the Care givers at the graduation, Cecilia Manyungwa, a care giver at Jumbe Pres-school who hells from Chapepa Village, Traditional Authority Kumthembwe said they will go home with more experience, they have learned many strategies on how to teach the children in the pre-schools.

“Thank you DAPP for organizing the training” she said

Gibson Abner DAPP representative and Project leader for the project said it is necessary to train the Caregivers since they are the torch bearers for the leaners.

“Apart from this training, every month, we organize a refresher course for the care givers. We have also trained the community on Pass-on Loan systems where the communities are given animals like pigs as an Income Generating Activity for the pre-schools” he said.

DAPP Malawi has been working with preschool caregivers since 2014 to ensure pupils are well equipped for a smooth transition into primary school

DAPP Working towards youth independence

Mphatso Thanki grew up in Blantyre district where she also did her secondary education. In search of further education opportunities, she found herself at DAPP’s Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS) in Chiradzulu district where she studied Electrical Installation & Renewable energy course and graduated from the institution in 2016. 

After graduation, Mphatso job hunted for six months before being employed by Sharma Electrical Company which is one of the biggest and leading electrical installation entities in Malawi. The company is mostly sub contracted by building companies with massive projects to do the electrical installation part.
Since being employed, Mphatso has been deployed to four different sites including the university of Malawi’s the Polytechnic’s ICT center and as of September 2019 the magnificent Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) building being built by Terrastone behind Kamuzu Stadium.
“Working in different sites has given me valuable work experience” says Mphatso with a smile.

Admiring her work

Admiring her work

Mphatso in one of her work sites

Mphatso in one of her work sites

Mphatso is grateful to MVS and DAPP Malawi for the training which has enabled her to find a job. Her dream is to gain more experience and upgrade her studies for better opportunities.
“Before enrolling in the course at Mikolongwe Vocational school, I never thought I would ever be employed and afford basic needs. But now, I am employed and I can afford to take care of myself. I am proud that I no longer rely on my parents” Mphatso said
DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School currently offer 11 formal and informal courses as a way of ensuring that youth are equipped with knowledge and skills that will enable them to become self-reliant members of society while bringing development to the country. More than 10,500 youth have been trained at the school since its inception in 1999.

Case story – Olivia Mbewe

Olivia Mbewe is a single mother of two who was trained under the four months Satellite Tailoring Course Offered at DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College (TTC). The course equips vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) with skills and knowledge in basic tailoring with the aim of ensuring that they become self-reliant members of society.
“Before joining the course, all I dreamt about was being independent” Says Olivia
When she got enrolled into the course, Olivia knew her dreams would come true.” I felt excited because I Knew that my goal and vision will be achieve through the training. I started the course and finished the training in four months. After the training, we received the startup tools including a sowing machine, scissors, threads, iron, roll off fabric and a tape measure and were encouraged to work in groups of three’s known as trios” she said

Students during gradution

Students during gradution

Sown traditional wear worn on graduation

Sown traditional wear worn on graduation


In her trio group, they agreed to find a shop and start sowing. In July 2019, they opened their business and have not looked back since. “As a trio, we have a good customer base and I believe it is because we produce good quality clothes, we manage to sew clothes for various occasions such as wedding and school uniform. To date, we have save K60,000 which is approximately 74 Euros. Our plan is to save up enough so that we all get a new sowing machines. We have invested the money by growing soya Beans and our plan is to sell the produce and then buy the sowing machines “Says Violet
Violet and her trio also plans on buying more materials so that they can sow more clothes and sell at the local market. On top of that, the trio plans on training people in our communities at a small fee as one way of raising funds.
“I thank Sympany from Holland for assisting DAPP to train us in tailoring skill on top of that I thank DAPP instructors for assisting me to become self-reliant” says violet

 

DAPP Dowa TTC at Youth Day commemorations in Dowa District

Themed “Transforming Education”, the 2019 youth day commemorations highlight the efforts taken to make education more inclusive and accessible to all youth, including efforts by the youth themselves. With this in mind, Dowa District Counsel organized a youth day celebration were DAPP Dowa Teacher Training College (TTC) participated.

Held at Chinziri Community Day Secondary school grounds in Traditional Authority Kayembe on 19th October, the event was graced by various organizations, government representatives and chiefs. Through pavilions, DAPP graduated tailors trained under the Satellite tailoring course offered to vulnerable Adolescent girls and Young Women (AGYW) at DAPP Dowa TTC explained how the course has changed their lives.

“I gained so much from the course. I now run a shop by Mponela trading center and my family and I are doing well” said Catherine Mwale, one of the graduates from the course.

DAPP graduated tailor explains the benefits of the training

DAPP graduated tailor explains the benefits of the training

The day was spiced up by music and dance

The day was spiced up by music and dance

Dr Abel Kayembe, Member of Parliament for Dowa west thanked the various organizations supporting government efforts in ensuring that youth are trained.  While Mr. Mark Luka, Dowa council chair encouraged youth to work hard as education unlocks so many doors.

DAPP Malawi equips youths with various vocational skills that enable them to become self-efficient and product members of society

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture visits DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS)

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mr. Francis Phiso and other government officials visited DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational Training School (MVS) on the 14th of October to appreciate the running of the Malawi Jobs for youth Project.

The project, which is being implmemented under the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development with funding from the African Development Bank aims at creating an environment for youth to participate in economic activities which will enable them to become self-reliant entrepreneurs. It targets youths aged between 15 to 35 years, budding entrepreneurs in the informal and formal sectors and out of school youth.

 

The Minister admiring shoes made by student at Mikolongwe

The Minister admiring shoes made by student at Mikolongwe

On the move

On the move

As an implementing partner, DAPP Mikolongwe vocational School is to train 500 youths by the end of the project. With a current enrollment of 53 youths, consisting of 20 males and 33 females respectively, the youth are trained in theoretical components of the various courses they are undertaking for a period of two months and thereafter proceed to industrial attachments for one month. The one-year project phases out in December 2020 and is expected to create an estimated 17,000 jobs for the youth of Malawi

The Minister encouraged the students under training to concentrate on their studies so that when they start their businesses they can employ fellow youth.
DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School has been in operation since 1997 and aims at equipping youth with technical and vocational skills and knowledge for them to become productive, be able to secure employment or become self-reliant by starting up small-scale businesses,

 

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