Another school term has flown by, ushering in the holiday. After writing exams, the residential boarding school and university students will begin returning to Determined to Develop’s campus this week. The boys will enjoy their three-week holiday before returning to their respective schools in the new year. The holiday will be an exciting one, comprising Christmas and New Year’s celebrations and plenty of beach soccer.
Among the returning students is Landen, a first year at Miracle Technical College studying Electrical Installation and Electronics. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is a desirable alternative to university education for Malawian students, as it equips them with practical technical and entrepreneurial skills to make them hirable professionals in the workforce. Due to the expanding demand for electricity in Malawi, Landen’s choice of study is particularly marketable. Before enrolling at Miracle, Landen became interested in his trade while working with a pieceworker doing electrical work at D2D. Landen will remain at D2D longer than his boarding and university peers as he begins his attachment (internship) with D2D in January. During this time, Landen will take on various projects at the D2D and Wasambo High School campuses, including installing wiring for two newly constructed classroom blocks. After receiving his certificate from Miracle, Landen hopes to earn a higher degree in Electrical Engineering from Malawi Polytechnic.
For Landen and the rest of the residential youth, the break will serve as a welcomed respite from the usual grind of school. Holidays at D2D are particularly special for the residential youth, as they allow for friends separated during the school term to be reunited. As 2018 comes to a close, D2D looks forward to the sponsored students’ continued achievements in the new year.