Upskilling Community Skills Development Centre teachers in Malawi

Fourteen representatives from five Community Skills Development Centres (CSDCs) participated recently in a hands-on training session organised by Access Agriculture in Zomba, Malawi, as part of an AFC/GOPA consulting group project under the GIZ-Empowering Youth in Agribusiness (EYA) initiative.

The participants were introduced to the Access Agriculture video platform, which hosts over 250 quality farmer learning videos in 100 languages. They learned how to handle the solar-powered smart projector that contains the entire library of Access Agriculture videos and received guidance for reporting using an easy-to-use mobile app for data collection.

The training programme also included a brief presentation of the EcoAgtube platform, where they can upload and share their own video clips related to agriculture and the green economy.

“The sessions were fruitful and the participants are looking forward to having smart projectors at their institution to supplement their classroom teaching,” said Vinjeru Nyirenda Mlenga, Access Agriculture Entrepreneur Coach for Southern Africa, who assisted in the training. She was supported by Blessings Flao, Malawi & Southern Africa Co-ordinator and Nafissath Fousseni Barres, Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Officer.

The AFC/GOPA project will be working in CSDCs for the introduction of agro-processing courses. It will cover four districts in Malawi: Mchinji, Salima, Mzimba and Mzuzu.