DAPP Malawi has since 2003 been supporting Community Based Child Care centers (CBCCs) around its teacher training colleges which complements the government of Malawi’s efforts to improve the delivery and access to quality early childhood education.
Despite various efforts, DAPP Malawi observed that most CBCC’s do not have adequate facilities and resources to support children. As such, attendance is low and dropout is high as most children are not motivated to come to schools for play and learn. Most schools do not feed children which makes parents not to send their children to school.
In response to these great needs, DAPP Malawi partnered with Assocalzaturifici through Humana People to people Italia to support 10 CBCC’s around DAPP Chilangoma Teacher Training College (TTC). Through this Support to Pre-schools Project, 40 caregivers were trained to improve their capacity in handling children, 7 toilets were renovated and 8 constructed to improve hygiene and sanitation, ramp surfaces were constructed to allow learners with physical disabilities to access school facilities.
The project is being implemented in Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Temani, Nanjiwa, Njolomole, Chiwalo, Mdala, Mwansambo, Salimu, Jumbe, Chapotera and Kuntaja villages.
58 DAPP trained adolescent girls and Young women (AGYW) graduated with certificates in Tailoring from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) on 2nd of October at Phalombe District youth office,
The AGYW from traditional authorities Jenala, Kaduya and Mkhumba in Phalombe district were trained in tailoring for four months through a course known as Mobile training being run by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi with financial support from Sympany from the Netherlands. The training equips AGYW with skills in basic tailoring and entrepreneurship skills and has trained 148 participants since 2016.
Present at the graduation ceremony was the Ward councilor for Livulezi Ward in Phalombe South constituency Mr. Bernard Mkomwa, Traditional Authority Senior Chief Kaduya, village headman Bokosi and community members
“I commend DAPP for the work they are doing here and I know the lives of these trained girls will no longer be the same again. I would like to urge DAPP to come back to Phalombe as they are more youth in the district which needs training like this” Said Mr. Mkomwa
Gladys Kapa, a Student representative thanked DAPP Malawi, Sympany and TEVETA for coming up with the Tailoring training in Phalombe. She further thanked Phalombe district council for allowing DAPP to come and train them.
The graduates also received start up tools including a sewing machine to encourage teamwork among the groups of three’s known as trio groups and to encourage them to put their skills into practice.
The project targets to equip 270 AGYW with technical and entrepreneurial skills to equip them to start their own small scale businesses by 2021.