Believing in the right to education, DAPP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zambian Ministry of Education in order to establish 8 Teacher Training a Colleges. DAPP Mkushi College of Education is the first teacher training college established by DAPP in Zambia in 2012. The college is training teachers for rural primary schools where there is a growing demand for qualified teachers.
The DNS Mkushi College of Education has the purpose of training and providing multiple skills to teachers who will be ready to render their service to schools in the remote areas of Zambia, where there is most need of education. The unique training programme provides an all-round education to student teachers preparing them to become passionate teachers with the will, heart and skills to work in rural areas.
The college offers a 3-year unique Ministry of General Education Primary School Teacher Diploma Course. The college is governed by the Common Meetings comprising of all the lecturers, the principal and the students. The deliberations are shared together with the students in common meetings that are held weekly.
In 2015 the College had a total of 72 students enrolled and reached over 1,500 pupils from government and community schools through teachers’ practice and community actions. Urbanization in Zambia has shifted the mindset of most youths who are thinking that staying in the rural area has no value comparing to urban areas. Any person who associates him/herself to the rural setup is seen to be backward and far from moving with the current generation.
Thus as we train our students to become teachers for rural primary schools, our main focus is working on the mindset and attitude so that our student teachers start appreciating the importance of being teachers for rural schools with the notion that if we fail to go and work in the rural areas, children there, the people and the community would remain forever backward and underdeveloped.
In 2016, the college was inspected and granted full accreditation as a Teacher Training College following the new regulations set by the Teaching Council of Zambia. Additionally, the college has been designated as a fully authorized examination center from the Examination Council of Zambia.
The additional subjects have been included which the student teachers focus on include Computer skills, the world in which we live, Charter subjects, Specialization, Our Country Zambia, Agriculture, Construction, Lifestyle skills, Communication, Economy, Community work, Pedagogical workshops, Leadership Intelligence and Fighting with the Poor. Through the additional subjects, the student teachers are modelled to be agents of change in the rural schools and communities.
“Our aim is to improve educational achievement of Zambian children through the training of rural primary school teachers and fostering community development”
SUCCESS STORY FROM THE MKUSHI TEACHER TRAINING COLLEGE
Second year student at the DAPP Mkushi Teacher Training College, Brian Kamwendo always wanted to be a teacher at a rural a school because he saw how hard it was for rural areas to have qualified teachers. Even when pupils have the will to learn, they lack the basic right to education because most teachers are not willing not prepared to live in the most rural areas.
His dream was to be trained by a good institution which would prepare him in a comprehensive and professional way to become a teacher in the most rural areas of Zambia. He knew DAPP Mkushi Teacher Training College was modeling a different kind of a teacher and offered a variety of activities including the bussing our continent tour, as well as teaching skills and knowledge tailored for rural life.
Brian will graduate in 2016 and as he completes his diploma, he is pleased of different skills and knowledge acquired both in the academic and the practical fields. He is sure that the life skills the college have taught him will help achieving his dream to work as a teacher in rural areas and provide services to the rural communities and population.