By Francis Namondwe:
Standard Bank plc on Friday donated K53.4 million to Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) to reaffirm its commitment towards the country’s economic growth and development.
The funds will help Dapp enhance the delivery of vocation skills for the youth and economically empower them to become self-reliant.
Of the amount, K31.7 million will be used for the purchase of ICT equipment while K21.7 million will be used for training 30 vulnerable young women in tailoring and fashion design.
Speaking at Mikolongwe Vocational School in Chiradzulu District, Standard Bank Chief Executive Officer Philip Madinga rated vocational and tertiary education as critical to national and economic development.
“The contribution to Dapp goes a long way in improving the quality and depth of learning at the institution. In this digital age, the ICT equipment will help align Dapp students to the knowledge economy as well as speed up their learning,” Madinga said.
He said the skill development programme for women augers well with the government’s job creation agenda.
Dapp Country Director, Moses Chibwana hailed the support.
“Today’s support will go a long way in unleashing the knowledge and skills of students as they will have an opportunity to do research on the internet. Teachers too will further their teaching capabilities as they have effective tools to advance their skills,” Chibwana said.
One of the women earmarked for the training, Hannah Nyimbiri, believes that the training is a dawn of economic freedom in her life.
Last year, Standard Bank donated K12.5 million to Dapp to go towards the refurbishment of Blantyre and Dowa colleges.