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.
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.
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.