NEWS | EDUCATION
By Franco Praise Mwachande Jnr
Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) has committed itself to continue supporting adolescent girls by assisting them with vocational trainings so that they should be responsible citizens in the country.
DAPP’s Dowa Teachers Training Centre (TTC) Principal, Blessings Kambewa made the promise during a graduation ceremony for 25 ladies who had undergone a four month tailoring course courtesy of DAPP (Dowa).
Kambewa said illiteracy and lack of entrepreneurship skills make girls vulnerable to social injustice and abuse as such it is DAPP Malawis hope to equip more young women with technical skills for them to contribute to the growth of the nation.
“Now we want the private sector to come in and join hands with us so that we can train more girls because they are many of them who desire to learn.
He continued, “As you know adolescents girls who are not employed meet a lot of temptations more especially involving themselves in prostitution just among others and we see to it that these trainings will change their life and be good citizens.”
Kambewa then called upon the graduating students to walk the talk and improve the country by uplifting their economic statuses.
“Go ye to the world and prove that you’re worth it!” He advised.
He called on the graduating students, who received sewing machines in groups of three to be well coordinated and take care of the starter packs in order to generate funds that will enable each of the members own a sewing machine.
Expressing her satisfaction, one of the graduates, Chikondi Kasauka said she looks forward to establishing a business with the members of her trio and as well to train her fellow women with the skills she has acquired.
“This training has come in time as this will help us to start small scale business hence generating our income. In the end, we will also be able to employ others,” she said.
In his remarks, District Youth Labour Officer, Joseph Kachigamba who was guest of honour said technical education is important for the girls as it enables them to be self-reliant and he urged the graduates to utilize the skills acquired in transforming their livelihood.
The training was done with financial support from Sympany of Holland, which among others targets young women between the age of 18 to 24 who are vulnerable in their communities due to various causes.