• DAPP Malawi is in 2018 celebrating 23 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

Case Story – Flaxon Richard

Flaxon could not hide his excitement as he walked up the podium once again, this time, to receive the best graduating student award for the recently graduated 80 students at DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College (TTC) graduation ceremony held on the 7th of December.

Like his fellow graduating teachers, he was excited that he has made it after three years of hard work and determination. Flaxon joined DAPP Dowa TTC in 2015 with no idea how the journey ahead would be “As a young man, I always dreamt of being a Nurse. In fact, it is all I talked about. But you know, life doesn’t always go as we plan it and in 2015, I found myself here at DAPP Dowa TTC and I decided from the moment I got here that I would work hard and make the most of the opportunity I was given” says Flaxson

Flaxson Receiving His Award

Flaxson Receiving His Award

Knows His Future Is Bright

Knows His Future Is Bright

And on the 7th of December, his hard work and determination indeed paid off. Coming from a family of six, Flaxon is the second born and plans on working hard in order to achieve his dream of becoming one of the influential decision makers in the Education sector of Malawi “ This is just the beginning. I hope to contiue with studying to gain more skills and knowledge in my field so that I can one day be in a position of making influential decisions about education as well as transforming the Malawian educational sector and I know it will not come easy but I am willing to work for it” he said.

He would like to encourage student teachers everywhere to work hard and know that teachers shape the future. “As teachers, we are entrusted with the countrie’s future, let us take this work seriously” He said. Flaxon comes from Ntimaukanena Village situated in Traditional Authority Chikukula in Dowa District

Case story: Trizza Chibambo

Hailing from Bwanya village Traditional Authority Makhuwira, Chikwawa district, Trizza’s dream was always to be a teacher. Even though she took up a business Management course, which she later dropped out of before enrolling at DAPP Chilangoma Teachers training college on the 16th September 2015. On the 2nd of November she graduated from the TTC making her the only female student teacher who passed her primary teaching examinations with a distinction.

Trizza was among the students whose training was being supported by OFID through the Federation of Humana People to People and she accredits her success to DAPP because the teaching style there has taught her a lot which she is currently using as she is teaching at Miqrat Foundation which is an orphanage centre in Thyolo district, Goliyati area. “At the college I learnt class management, how children behave through child study, how to handle large classes and how to interact with the community just to mention a few. The training has enabled me to be a good teacher and I have fitted in here because of it” she exclaims

Happy To Be Another Kind Of Teacher

Happy To Be Another Kind Of Teacher

Trizza Receiving Her Award On Graduation Day

Trizza Receiving Her Award On Graduation Day

She says that her best and most important period of study in her teacher training was the Charter Subjects period. “Charter period was the most important period to me because we as students were divided into different departments, I was in the Food production department where we were learning how to prepare food stuffs and making juice. In addition, we also had a trip to Bvumbwe research station to learn how some fruits are grown. This experience made me to be a teacher who is equipped with knowledge in some of the things here in Malawi. This gives me an opportunity to not only rely on teaching but also to open my eyes and see that I can also run a business which can help me in my day to day life.”

Trizza started working at Maqrat Foundation on the 1st of August 2018 and is enjoying it: “I teach in standard 4 and 8. In standard 4, I teach English, Chichewa, Mathematics, life skills, Expressive arts, Bible knowledge, Agriculture and Social science while in Standard 8, I teach Social science. I really love my job. It’s everything I dreamt it would be and more.

Hardwork pays off

Mafosha Primary School in Chinkhwiri zone, Traditional Authority Chakhadza in Dowa district has for over 10 years underperformed in the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE). It wasn’t until the 2016/17 academic results when the school recorded a 100 pass rate during the PSLCE.

During the 2016/7 academic year all the 31 pupils who sat for the PSLCE passed representing a 100 percent pass rate and in the 2017/8 calendar the Standard 8 enrolment at school doubled to 68 who sat for the exams and all passed with 44 learners selected to national, conventional and community day secondary schools.

The headteacher for the school Clement Tendai Sam attributes the success to the hardworking spirit and dedication that teachers at the school are demonstrating. He also recognises the relationship that has been built between the school and the community which is he said is encouraging parents to be more involved in their children’s education.

Kachidowo Delivering A Leasson

Kachidowo Delivering A Leasson

Kachidowo Delivering A Leasson In Standard 8

Kachidowo Delivering A Leasson In Standard 8

“This year we have 83 learners who are expected to write the PSLCE and this is all because of the good records at the school. We are not only performing well in the MANEB (Malawi Nation Examinations Board) but we also came first in the Standard 8 mock examinations with most of the best performing students coming from Mafosha school,” explained Sam.

He added that some of the parents are coming from as far as Lilongwe, Kasungu and Madisi to learn at Mafosha which is leading to self-boarding for some of the learners.

The Chairperson for the School Committee Linda Paulo echoed the headteacher’s remarks that there is a good relationship between the community and the school which is in turn contributing to the performance at the school as the community has become supportive of education.

She added that the teachers are dedicated and willing to work during odd hours to achieve their goals giving an example of the Standard 8 class teacher who offers free remedial lessons to his class, and stays around for the learners to study at night and in the early morning hours.

Stanley Kachidowo is the Standard 8 class teacher at Mafosha. He joined the school in September 2016. He was trained at DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College as a primary school teacher in rural Malawi.

He is a member of a DAPP Malawi graduated teachers network that stick together to share ideas and knowledge on how they can improve the environments around their schools known as 400 Primary Schools. The aim of the 400 Primary schools program is for the DAPP graduated teachers to reach out to 400 schools in Malawi.

The 400 Primary schools meet regularly to plan and evaluate their work, share ideas and experiences and to produce teaching and learning materials which include TALULAR (Teaching and Learning Using Locally Available Resources) and supplementary reading materials known as Spines.

Mafosha Primary School has a TALULAR committee according to the head teacher which is chaired by Kachidowo. Through the use of TALULAR at the school, the learners easily grasp the concepts when teaching and it allows for continued learning when the teacher is not around.

However, kachidowo complains that he is the only teacher in Standard 8 which is due to insufficient number of teachers at the school. He teaches all the 9 subjects and promises to continue working hard.

Mafosha primary school has 13 teachers, 3 females and 10 males with an enrolment of 626 learners, 331 girls and 295 boys.

Nthulo Primary School training in re-usable sanitary pads making

DAPP Malawi through 400 Primary schools, a DAPP Teachers Training Colleges (TTC) graduated Teachers Network, project is in partnership with Febbie Tambala, a Master of Public Health student at Melbourne University in Australia, training adolescent girls and women (members of the mothers' group committee) on how to make reusable sanitary pads using locally available resources for use during menstruation. The project is part of Febbie’s University's requirements for the award of a Masters degree.

Febbie said she chose to focus in the areas of menstrual hygiene and installing hand washing facilities around the school after establishing that adolescent girls tend to miss school during their menstrual periods which contributes to the drop out of young girls from school especially in the rural areas where there are poor families who cannot afford to buy disposable sanitary pads.

Demonstrating To Girls How To Make Sanitary Pads

Demonstrating To Girls How To Make Sanitary Pads

Showing Off Re Usable Pads After Making The First Piece

Showing Off Re Usable Pads After Making The First Piece

Febbie (Right) Hands Over Sewing Machines To The School

Febbie (Right) Hands Over Sewing Machines To The School

Participants During The Training Which Included Learners Mothers And Teachers

Participants During The Training Which Included Learners Mothers And Teachers

The sewing of sanitary pads training took place at Nthulo primary school in Nansato education zone in Thyolo district on 13 November 2018.

The Mothers' Group committee was provided with two sewing machines for continuation of the project activities after the training and income generation through selling of the reusable sanitary pads. The program will support over 500 adolescent girls at the school and from the surrounding communities.

Nthulo primary school is in a rural area where, George Mphanje the Deputy Head teacher is one of the DAPP graduated teachers who is also a member of the 400 Primary Schools.

The 400 primary schools project is a network of DAPP graduated teachers who stick together to share ideas and network on how they can improve the school environments around their schools.

Currently there are 90 teachers in the network who are working in 67 schools across Malawi

DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School Students hold Exhibitio Open Day

Agricultue students showcasing their productsDAPP Malawi through Mikolongwe Vocational School equips youths with technical and entrepreneurial skills for them to become self-reliant through securing an employment or starting up small scale businesses. The school offers both formal and informal courses targeting self-sponsored students and under privileged youths which are supported by various partners to receive free vocational training within the 11 courses currently being offered at the school.

On the 16th of November, Mikolongwe Vocational School organized an Open Day to with an aim of providing students at the school a platform to showcase the various products made from the skills and knowledge acquired during the course of their trainings. Exhibitions, fashion shows and music and poetry performances were made to spice up the event.

Gracing the occasion was the Ward Councilor for Nguludi Joseph Manyenje who applauded the youth for putting the skills gained to practice and encouraged them to venture into entrepreneurship after graduating.

Also in attendance was the Chiradzulu District Youth and Information officer, Catholic University of Malawi representative, Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), Leather industry Association of Malawi, Dzika wear, TEVETA, Trend Settlers Shoe making Company, local leaders from surrounding villages and Mataka Orphanage.

Mikolongwe Vocational School is registered and accredited by Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) Malawi under the Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development. Since its establishment in 1997, the school has trained over 8,500 youth.

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