• DAPP Malawi is in 2019 celebrating 24 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

DAPP Malawi participates in Edukans 2019 World Teacher Event

On the 10th of May, DAPP Malawi National Partnership Office (NPT) representatives attended an open event hosted by Edukans Foundation in collaboration with Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF) in Nathenje, Lilongwe district as part of their 2019 World Teacher Programme celebrations.

Teachers exchanging ideas

Teachers exchanging ideas

United for one cause

United for one cause


The three year exchange program between Dutch Teachers and School Leaders and Malawian counterparts aims at strengthening active teaching and learning methodology and improved school leadership for the promotion of quality Education in the Education sector which is part of Edukans STAR Programme which promotes quality teaching and learning processes.

The 2019 World Teacher event involved teachers from Malawi and the Netherlands showcasing the knowledge and skills they have exchanged. Present at the event was representatives from Education Expertise Development Foundation, Teachers Union of Malawi, Girls Education Network (GENET) and Malawi Government officials.

Encouraging the teachers, Director of Basic Education in Malawi Mr Kosamu Mafuta said “As teachers, you need ensure that you are facilitating learning from your leaners for effective outcome”.

Edukans Foundation has been supporting education activities in Malawi since 2006 and contributes towards the training and educating of young people.

 

Satellite Tailoring Students showcase their skills

The training of vulnerable adolescent girls and women continues to take place and improve in the Satellite Centers in the four DAPP Teacher Training Colleges (TTC), namely Amalika, Chilangoma, Dowa and Mzimba. This four-month training in tailoring skills aims at empowering female youth and young women to become self-reliant members of society with the participants coming from homes surrounding the various DAPP TTC’s. The project is an extension of Mikolongwe Vocational School activities.

A student displaying the products shes learnt to make

A student displaying the products shes learnt to make

Students explaining the knowledge gained from the course

Students explaining the knowledge gained from the course

On 26th April, satellite students from DAPP Dowa TTC organized an open day with the aim of exhibiting the various skills and products they have produced since they commenced their training in February 2019.

District youth officer for Dowa Mrs. Monica Banda commended DAPP for ensuring youths become self-sufficient members of society “through this tailoring course, the lives and living standards of adolescent girls and young women here in Dowa has changed. This is evident by the former students present here who displayed and explained the businesses they are now doing in their respective areas.” She said. Representatives from Dowa district sports office, senior chief Lilambwe, There is Hope college and former graduated tailoring students from the college were also present on the day.

DAPP Malawi in partnership with Sympany Netherlands has since 2016 been equipping vulnerable adolescent girls and women with tailoring skills in the four DAPP TTC’s located in Mzimba, Dowa, Thyolo and Blantyre. The project plans on training 750 students by the time it phases out in July 2021

Vocational Skills Impact Monitoring

Established in 1997 in Chiradzulu district, DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS) continues to contribute to the Malawi government’s growth and development strategies by training and equipping youth with relevant technical and vocational skills for them to become productive members of the society and empowering them to start up small scale businesses or be able to secure employment.

Gender Equality Is Highly Encouraged

Gender Equality Is Highly Encouraged

Students Are Taught Agriculture Skills

Students Are Taught Agriculture Skills

In a quest to keep track of Mikolongwe Vocational school graduates, the school introduced an Impact Monitoring and Evaluation project in 2018 which aims to keep track of youth that have been trained at the school. The project ensures that there is an effective assessment of the skills imparted onto the youth through analyzing how the graduated are benefitting financially.

To date, 700 graduates have been tracked of which 50 have established businesses ,400 are employed, 23 are advancing their studies, 150 are not yet employed while 77 have changed their career paths.

Students At Work

Students At Work

Welding And  Fabrication Students

Welding And Fabrication Students

Mikolongwe Vocational School offers formal and informal trainings in 11 courses which are; Agriculture, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Community Development, Financial Accounting, Textile & Fashion Designing, Beauty & Hairdressing, Renewable Energy & Electrical Installation, Plumbing & Wash Technician and Welding & Fabrication, Cobbler and Shoe Making and Tailoring. To date, Mikolongwe Vocational School has trained over 8,700 youth.

Case story - Margret Manyungwa

Margret is a 20-year-old young girl from Nkaombe village Traditional Authority Bvumbwe in Thyolo district. Second born in a family of 6, Margret is a determined young lady whose dream is to own a shop of her own one day.

Margret wrote her Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) in 2016. She then enrolled with DAPP’s tailoring course. Through the satellite training mode, students are taught tailoring skills and knowledge through the four various DAPP Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs). Margret did her training at Amalika TTC in Thyolo and graduated in 2017. After graduation, she and her 2 friends who graduated with her from Amalika satellite center started a tailoring business on the veranda of her parents’ home using the sewing machine and startup materials that they were given by DAPP when they graduated.

Working In Groups Of Three Known As Trios Is Encouraged Even Before The Students Graduate

Working In Groups Of Three Known As Trios Is Encouraged Even Before The Students Graduate

Students Are Awarded Certificates After Completing The Tailoring Course

Students Are Awarded Certificates After Completing The Tailoring Course

In July 2018, Margret was given the opportunity to work with Chirimba garment’s also known as Win-Win in Blantyre. This was after her tailoring instructor from Amalika TTC was tasked to select 4 girls to work for the company, three girls, which included Margret and her friends were given the job “ We decided to work for Win – Win because we wanted to gain more skills in tailoring especially how electrical sewing machines work” she says.

Furthermore Margret and her two friends also rent a sewing machine from a local tailor in their village so that they can be able to make more profit in order to one day buy more machines for the business they envision having.

“We are working double shifts and saving to kick-start our own business next month (October 2018), we have found a shop in Limbe Township that we will be renting for business,” narrated Margret of her next step in life.

Case Story – Dannie Dzodzi

Dannie Dzodzi is my name and I come from Misi Village Traditional Authority Msakambewa in the district of Dowa. When I heard that DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College was offering a tailoring course to adolescent girls and young women who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, I didn’t waste time to grab the opportunity with both hands as I was a small scale farmer and was struggling to buy basic needs that could sustain my relatives and I.

Giving a speech at the graduation ceremony

Giving a speech at the graduation ceremony

Dannie (left) entering the hall on graduation day

Dannie (left) entering the hall on graduation day

After graduating in April 2018, we received start up tools from DAPP as a way of helping us to startup businesses in groups of three known as trio’s, I decided to start up my own tailoring business at home using the skill I got from DAPP Dowa satellite center as I had brought my own sowing machine after selling some of my farm produce from the bounty harvest I had in 2017/2018 season and the money I accumulated as my share from the Trio tailoring business.

With this business, I am not only able to make enough money to sustain myself, but to also inspire other girls and young women in my village and let them know that hard work pays. From my savings, I have so far managed to buy two goats with an aim of selling them when they multiply. This will be another business which will help me to help my relatives financially without any difficulties because I am the first born child in my family.

I thank DAPP Dowa for this helpful program that has changed my life. Now I am able to stand on my own and make a difference in my community.

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