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Fr. George Tharaniyil, the executive Director of Don Bosco Tech Africa made a visit to Don Bosco Technical Institute, Lilongwe, Malawi. He was the guest of Honor at the 19th Graduation of the institute.

The Graduation took place on the 1st of November 2019, where 180 Graduates from the various trades graduated. Present at the occasion was also various dignitaries from the government TVET, local government leaders, representatives from various industries, other training centers and the principals of the different Don Bosco TVET centers of ZMB Province.

Another highlight of the graduation day was the exhibition done by the students showing forth the activities of the different trades and more so, the innovative way of doing things. Thus, it was an occasion to make DBTech and its activities known, come to know the various TVET players in Malawi and to exhort them to support the Don Bosco TVET activities in Malawi.

While in Malawi, Fr. George met with the TVET principals or their representative from the ZMB province (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) during a meeting that took place on the 2nd of November 2019, he took the opportunity to explain to the Principals the work of Don Bosco Tech Africa and how the internal network can be strengthened. The participants promised to be serious with information sharing, better participation in capacity development and quality management.

Fr. George took the TVET principals of ZMB through the process of data input and database management for each TVET centre within the DBTA website. This was the first of this sort of exercise since this module of the website was developed. Many have picked up the important concepts and they have begun entering the data.

As it was the first attempt in entering data in the application for each of the centers, certain clarifications had to be made with the IT department in Nairobi during the training. Overall, the exercise went well and I hope we will be able to replicate it in the other provinces and TVET centers

The Salesians in Don Bosco Technical Institute Malawi were very welcoming and cooperative. The meeting of the TVET principals was arranged by the ZMB PTVET, Fr. Michael Mbandama and Fr. Christopher Kunda, who is the Youth Ministry delegate in the province, under whose jurisdiction all the Don Bosco schools fall.

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