• 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

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.

Case Story – Ireen David

Ireen David aged 25 from Mntchenenje village in traditional authority Mkukula, Dowa district is a beneficiary of the DAPP Satellite course offered at DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College (TTC). The tailoring course is four months long and targets adolescent girls and young women from disadvantaged backgrounds residing in communities surrounding DAPP TTC’s in Mzimba, Dowa, Thyolo and Chileka.

Trios Are Provided Started Pack Materials

Trios Are Provided Started Pack Materials

Graduating Students Wearing Self Made Attires

Graduating Students Wearing Self Made Attires

“I joined the tailoring course in September 2017 and graduated in April 2018. I must admit, I enjoyed my time at the college and the tailoring instructors were very helpful. By the time I was graduating I had learnt how to sew 8 items which include a petticoat, caftan, men’s shorts, girl school uniform, national wear, pencil skirt, ladies blouse and a that” she says
After receiving the starter parks from DAPP Dowa satellite center on graduation day, Ireen and her trio group members who comprise of three women who also graduated from DAPP Dowa TTC started a tailoring shop business on the 21st July 2018 at Tchenenje village.
“At first the business wasn’t going on well because I had no customers since I was new at the market, by and by I started receiving customers as I was producing good quality products at affordable prices. My wish is to one day have my own sewing machine and a tailoring shop where I will be able to be an employer. Now am a happy person because am able to support my family and buy farm inputs for this year using the money that I have made from the tailoring business.” Says Ireen.
She thanks DAPP Malawi and Sympany who are the sponsors of this project for the skill in tailoring that she was taught throughout the four months training. Before acquiring the tailoring skills, Ireen was earning between K850 - K10, 000 and now makes between K80, 000 - K95000 per month because of the tailoring business.

 

80 Graduate from DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College

DAPP Malawi, through its four Teachers Training Colleges (TTC) in Mzimba, Dowa, Thyolo and Blantyre districts Namely Mzimba, Dowa, Amalika and Chilangoma Teacher Training Colleges aim at equipping youth in teaching skills and knowledge that will enable the students to become teachers for the rural primary schools of Malawian communities. After the completion of the three year teaching course at DAPP TTC’s, the students are placed in rural government primary schools across all districts in Malawi by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

A Teacher Receiving His Certificate

A Teacher Receiving His Certificate

Group Photo

Group Photo

The 7th of December 2018 marked yet another milestone for DAPP Malawi as it added 80 qualified student of which 49 were females and 31 male students to its growing list of graduated teachers. The students who graduated from DAPP Dowa TTC where not only graduating and embarking on their new journey, but they graduated as the best graduating class of 2018 with a 100% pass rate among all the Teachers Training College’s in Malawi.

Present at the occasion was guest of Honour Mrs. Mary Chirwa who is the Chief Educational Officer in the Ministry of Educational, Science and Technology. She encouraged the graduates to work hard and ensure that their learners perform to the best of their abilities. NGO board representative, the Principle of Emmanuel TTC & Deputy Principle of Lilongwe TTC and Monitoring & Evaluation officer for the Director of Teacher Education and Development were also present at the function.

The Gruaduates

The Gruaduates

The Graduating Students

The Graduating Students

Principle of DAPP Dowa TTC, Mr. Blessings Kambewa reminded the students that their journey has just began “As teachers, strive to be the best you can. Strive to not only be teachers but to also be taught yourself. Invest in learning and you will never go wrong” he said. To date, DAPP Malawi has graduated more than 2,700 teachers of which approximately 2,300 are working in rural government primary schools across the country

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