German tycoon Peter Krammer has hailed Dapp-run teacher training colleges (TTCs) for empowering communities that surround the education institution with entrepreneurial skills.
Krammer, who owns a shipping company and other business interests in the oil refinery industry, over the weekend toured TTCs to appreciate community outreach programmes the institution has introduced to improve lives of communities surrounding its colleges.
He said he was pleased with efforts Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) has undertaken to empower communities that surround its colleges nationwide.
“I’m very impressed that student teachers have taken steps to empower communities with skills in tailoring, knitting, embroidery, nutrition, health and agriculture for free as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“I’m particularly pleased that these empowerment activities are broad and targeting not only primary school learners, but also parents and the youth,” he said.
Krammer is also a United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) partner who helps to raise funds for resource-poor schools in Malawi, Angola, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
In his remarks, principal for Dapp Chilangoma TTC, Iben Brandt-Pedersen, thanked Unicef for the contribution the organisation is making towards improving the quality of education in the country, including the support rendered to Dapp colleges.
He reaffirmed the institution’s commitment towards supporting the underprivileged to access quality education by training more teachers.