First DAPP trained teachers graduate
Mkushi,October,9,ZANIS—Government has commended the Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) for taking up the challenge of training teachers to specifically provide quality education in the rural areas.
Minister of Education Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri noted that the syllabus offered by DAPP Mkushi College of Education has been designed in a way that teachers are prepared to work and live in the rural environment.
Dr. Phiri said this in a speech read on his behalf by the deputy Permanent Secretary of Education Christine Mayondi at the first graduation ceremony of DAAP Mkushi College of Education in Mkushi District.
He expressed happiness that the college has produced the first result of the memorandum of understanding signed between DAPP and the Ministry of Education in 2009 with a plan to open a total of eight colleges in the country.
He noted that the graduation ceremony was a step ahead towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal on education and reiterated that his ministry recognizes that all children in Zambia have the right to a free, compulsory and quality education.
Dr. Phiri also said government acknowledges its paramount responsibility in the provision of education with the help of the community and the private sector through its public private partnership.
He however urged the graduates to take up the challenge they have been trained for which is teaching children in the rural areas where he said the pupil ratio is very low.
Meanwhile, DAPP managing director Elise Soerensen reiterated his organisation’s commitment in working with government for the country’s development.
Ms. Soerensen thanked government and other institutions for their support and expressed confidence that the 31 graduates were ready to serve in the remote areas as they have undergone a unique training programme which combines theory and practical teaching experience with community works.