Fifteen student teachers who recently graduated from DAPP Malawi supported Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) have heaped praise on the organisation for its unique training system which got them to neighbouring countries to appreciate what their colleagues are doing.
The 15 students, who graduated last November, were on a study tour for four months during which they travelled across Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
One of the students William Matawale of DAPP Amalika TTC told Nyasa Times that the tour has not only heightened their cognitive being but also gotten them exposed to a number of things that will play a great role in becoming admirable teachers.
“One of the most striking things during the tour for me was that when we were in Ntcheu district we had the rare opportunity to interact with Senior Chief Kwataine who is championing safe motherhood.
“I was inspired by his passion and enthusiasm, and my encounter with him made me become more aware of the issues that affect girl and women which include gender-based violence, child marriages and illiteracy,” explained Matawale.
He added: “I am now more involved in community activities which aim at raising awareness on these issues. I feel that with the training and continuous engagement of communities in college activities, I will be able to advocate for women and girls’ rights.”
In a media advisory, DAPP – Development Aid from People to People – Malawi said it was grateful to their partners both local and international for continued support.
It made special mention to Sunbird Malawi and member of parliament Rhino Chiphiko for their financial support towards the training of the teachers.
“DAPP also extends its profound gratitude to its partners for Team 2013 who include Atsikana Pa Ulendo, Standard Bank, Airtel Malawi, Aquaid, Ntchima Trust, Waterloo Foundation, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and others for believing in its refreshed training program which also saw the DAPP teacher training program from the initial extended from 2.5 years to 3years,” the media advisory reads.
OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) entered into a multi-regional partnership agreement with Humana People to People to train 164 new primary school teachers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, and Mozambique.
The teachers are being trained at the 17 existing teacher-training colleges located across the four countries.
The project in Malawi is aimed at expanding inclusive and equitable quality education through the training of 65 student teachers at three of the four DAPP TTCs.