• 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

TEVETA visits DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College (TTC)

DAPP Malawi continues to train and equip youth in various skills through its four teacher training colleges and Mikolongwe vocational school. As such, on 16th August, TEVETA Head of Projects & Development Mr Ishmail Ali visited DAPP Dowa Teachers Training Centre (TTC) to appreciate the courses on offer. He interacted with graduated tailoring students who were trained under a four months tailoring course known as Satellite which targets adolescent girls and young women from vulnerable backgrounds. The course, offered in all the four DAPP TTC’s, is an extension of the three year Tailoring and Fashion design course at DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational school and is funded by Sympany from the Netherlands.

 

A graduate explains the theory components of the course

A graduate explains the theory components of the course

Product sewn by one of the graduates

Product sewn by one of the graduates

Very impressed with the array of various sewn materials made by the graduates, Mr Ali commended DAPP for the good work that is being done.

DAPP Malawi has been working with TEVETA in supporting the Malawi governments efforts in ensuring that the rates of unemployment in the country is reduced by equipping youth with entrepreneurship skills that will enable them to start up small scale businesses through its Mikolongwe Vocational school as well as preparing students to become teachers for the rural government primary schools through DAPP’s four Teacher Training Colleges in Mzimba, Dowa, Thyolo and Blantyre. To date, 2,919 students have graduated from the four DAPP TTC’s since their establishment

 

Passion and Determinations; A case of Victoria Amidu

24 year old Victoria Amidu is a first born daughter in a family of 3. Her dream and passion has always been in the fashion design industry though against her parent’s liking as they wanted to see their daughter being a banker. 

“I don’t want to be receiving petty cash while dressed in descent clothes in an air conditioned room in a banking hall, I want to be making my own money whilst working hard,” Victoria narrated her response to her parent’s dislike for her work and her personal goals.

One of the his & hers collection by Vtouch Designs

One of the his & hers collection by Vtouch Designs

Some of Vtouch's productions

Some of Vtouch's productions


Upon completion of her secondary education, Victoria first studied Business Management at PACT College and found a job in the sales and marketing industry. She nonetheless paid a tailor who taught her some basics of tailoring and later left her job to join DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS) for a Textile and Fashion Design (TFD) course to fulfil her dream of becoming a fashion designer. She joined the institution 6 months later than her classmates who had enrolled in 2015 for the 3 year course.
Victoria did her attachments at Lily Alfonso in Lilongwe. There she boosted her skills in entrepreneurship and garment finishing in a quest to satisfy customers. Whilst in school, before and after her attachment, she worked with the tailor she had paid to train her in tailoring basics on different designer clothes for different customers. Four months after graduating, she opened her shop in Nancholi township in Blantyre. She employed her tailoring basics mentor and her former classmate from DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School due to the volume of work she was having.

 

Her customer base is not only in Blantyre, it extended to the capital city, Lilongwe through a shop going by the label Vtouch which makes more than MK300,000.00 a month (more than EUR350). From the proceeds, she pays her employees as well as shop rentals whilst also taking care of her home as she stays with her younger brother. In a period of 4 months, she managed to buy a sewing machine, furniture for her home, a smartphone and a laptop among others. Victoria is earning a living and more, whilst also fulfilling her designing instincts.

 

 

A Journey of Neliah Lukhere Through DAPP’s Vocational School

Born on valentine’s day of 1994, Neliah grew up in Mzimba district and did her secondary education in Mangochi district. After secondary school she applied for a number of courses including Electrical Installation and Renewable Energy at DAPP’s Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS), fortunately she was enrolled at the institution in 2013. Whilst in school, she found an attachment at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre district. 

Neliah returned to QECH after graduating from MVS in 2015 to continue her attachment/internship. She opted for the same to have more practical experience in her field. Whilst on the internship, she upgraded her education at the University of Malawi’s Polytechnic in Blantyre district where she got her diploma in Electrical and Electronics.

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At QECH, she was in the electrical department before being moved to the engineering department. Both departments are under the maintenance section of the referral’s hospital equipment. They are responsible for maintenance of the hospital’s equipment such as CPAP, X-ray and autoclave machines. Together with personnel from their department they extend to other health facilities in their maintenance works which are under QECH.

Neliah is appreciative of the knowledge imparted on her from MVS as it has enabled her to work at QECH as well as a stepping stone when she pursued her diploma at the Polytechnic in 2018. Apart from returns from her job, Neliah feels good to be of use to the community and country through mentainance of the machinery, some of which are lifesaving.

Tailoring brings hope to Ethel Kainga

Ethel Kainga is a young lady from Kunthembwe village, Traditional authority Kuntaja, Blantyre village. She comes from a family of six and dropped out of school when she was in standard 8 after falling pregnant at the age of 17. She has a hearing problem but that didn’t stop her from enrolling into a four months tailoring course known as Satellite offered at DAPP Chilangoma Teachers Training College (TTC) in Blantyre district. The course targets vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) from areas surrounding DAPP TTC’s and equips them with tailoring skills and knowledge that enable them to be self-reliant members of society.

After four months students graduate with a certificate in Tailoring

After four months students graduate with a certificate in Tailoring

Items that students sew during the course

Items that students sew during the course

After completing the course in early 2019, Ethel joined Chilimba garments in the district of Blantyre where she now works as a tailor in the factory where she continuously gains new skills in her field of work.

“I want to one day have my own tailoring shop. That’s my dream” said Ethel. She currently earns K45,000 (54 Euro) a month and saves 25 thousand kwacha (30 Euro) each month .

DAPP teachers offer learning platforms to pupils

Themed “Show me, tell me”, three DAPP trained and graduated teachers working at Nthulo Primary school in Nansato zone, Thyolo district organized an open day on the 25th of July for their leaners to showcase the knowledge and skills they have attained so far this year.

Through demonstrative teaching sessions, drama, poems and speeches, the pupils of Nthulo primary school indeed put their skills and knowledge to practice inspiring parents, community members and chiefs with 1,230 pupils and 300 community members in attendance.
In his remarks, village head man Nthulo thanked the school for organizing such a “Show me, tell me event” which to the community was a display of what their children have learnt in the 2018/2019 academic year.

A leaner giving a speach

A leaner giving a speach

Dancing and singing were also part of the event

Dancing and singing were also part of the event


The three teachers namely Robert Banda, George Mphanje and Juliet Hadgeson are DAPP trained and graduated teachers under a network program known as DAPP 400 primary schools which comprises of DAPP graduated teachers working in government primary schools who voluntarily stick together to share ideas, skills and experiences on how to improve the environments around their schools.
With 86 teachers working in 74 primary schools in 18 districts across the country, the program is called 400 primary schools as it plans to reach its target of having 400 DAPP graduated teachers in 400 rural government primary schools.

Teachers under the program meet regularly to plan and evaluate their work and produce locally made teaching and learning materials for their respective primary schools. In addition, the teachers network produces supplementary teaching and learning materials adapted from the Malawi government’s education curriculum called Spines which they use on top of what is already provided by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Through its four Teacher Training colleges (TTC’s) namely Amalika in Thyolo, Chilangoma in Blantyre, Dowa in Dowa and Mzimba TTC in Mzimba, a total of 2,919 teachers have graduated from the TTC’s.

 

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