Posted by: paradzai on Mar 01, 2013
Vice President Khumbo Kachali of Malawi has hailed the role private institutions are playing in the education sector.
Speaking in Dowa on Friday during the official opening of Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Teacher Training College, Kachali said the provision of quality education requires involvement of the private sector.
“While Malawi government is making great strides in improving the quality of education, the challenges of the education sector are so enormous that government alone cannot overcome them. In view of that, government adopted a deliberate policy of encouraging non-state actors to participate in the sector. I am, therefore, pleased to note that in the area of primary education, there are four private organisations that are involved, including DAPP,” Kachali said.
He said government is focusing on education because it is the basis for economic development.
US Ambassador to Malawi, Jeanine Jackson, whose country contributed money to the construction of the college, said the construction of the college is in line with US president Barack Obama’s call for nations to build institutions that serve their people.
“A teacher training institution such as this one is a perfect example of what president Barack Obama envisaged, an institution that will serve the people of this nation for many years,” Jackson said.
Principal of the college, Blessings Kambewa, said students of the college have already started working hand-in-hand with members of the community surrounding the school in development projects.
DAPP Dowa TTC is the third college to be opened, after Chilangoma in Blantyre and Amalika in Thyolo. Construction of the 4th college has already started in Mzimba.
By Macdonald Thom