The Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) has commended Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi for training more female primary school teachers in their Teachers Training Colleges (TTC’s).
Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Marry Chirwa said this on Friday at DAPP’s Dowa TTC during the graduation of 80 primary school teacher students of which 46 students are females.
Chirwa said the country has shortage of female primary school teachers with 40 percent representation of all primary school teachers national wide.
“Training more female teachers is a plus to us as a Ministry because we lack them.
“In most rural areas girls drop out of school Early or do not work hard because they don’t see any role models who can inspire them to continue with their education.
“Again, as the ministry, we see training more female teachers as another tool to bridge the gender gap and achieve a 50:50 representation between men and women.”
Dowa DAPP’s principal, Blessings Kambewa said the graduating students have been transformed and trained to the standards and are set to bring change in the communities and schools they will be deployed.
“Our philosophy is that when we are training teachers we add a component of behavior change, so we believe these graduates will perform to that level,” said Kambewa.
One of the graduated students, Mervis Banda, said three year training has enabled her to be self starter both inside and outside classroom.
DAPP Malawi conducted three year training with financial support from Open Fund for International Development (OFID) and Humana from Italia.
Since it opened its doors in 2003 has trained over 2600 primary school teachers.
PICTURE: Chirwa presenting a certificate to a gradute
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My Name is Michael Tembo, from Dowa District, Mkulula Chisomba Village, born on the 23 October 1994. I’m Christian, a member of the Malawi Assemblies of God. I grew up in Lilongwe where I went to school, in 2015 I completed my Malawi School Certificate of Education at which point I was selected for various Universities. As a proud of Malawi I am passionate about leaning and growing businesses to support Malawi in becoming a great Nation. I’m currently the Regional Supervisor for TheNews.mw, a news website for young Malawi’ people.