BUILDING work is now progressing at the site for Hope4Malawi’s new Skills Training Centre. Where there was previously a bare plot of land, the first classrooms/meeting space and a kitchen area are beginning to take shape.
Thirty-two local builders are now employed on this project, managed by Ben (below).
The Skills Centre is being built on land purchased by Hope4Malawi in 2021 and is located close to Chimwemwe Primary, a feeder school for Hope Secondary. It’s in a prime position, just 2km from the local trading centre at Chadzunda and 3km from Hope Secondary School.
Infrastructure work began on this project in 2022 when a 60-metre borehole was drilled to provide water for the site. A solar pump and tank were also installed at that time.
For students leaving Secondary school, there are limited opportunities in Malawi. Only one per cent of university places are available to school leavers, so few students from local secondaries are selected. And opportunities for school leavers to gain skills or vocational training are limited.
To support learning, Hope4Malawi has developed a post-school training course on how to run and manage a business. 17 successful students have completed the first course, which was hosted by Hope Secondary School in March and run by Neil Ambler from the UK.
Ultimately, the Skills Centre will equip school leavers with the tools to run businesses, work in trades, or become skilled employees.
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Thanks to the kind support of our partners, sponsors, fundraisers and volunteers, Hope4Malawi's school building, resourcing projects and student sponsorships continue to provide life-changing opportunities for children growing up in rural Malawi.