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.
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
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.