TIKONDANE Education & Skills Centre
(Chichewa & English)
Agriculture & Husbandry
Knitting & Weaving
Arts & Crafts
Traditional Women's Dance
Health, including: AIDS awareness & prevention,
Family planning; Nutrition.
is TIKONDANE’s second nature. There are 80 workers
(April 05), the majority of whom have never before been
in employment. Thus they learn ‘on the job’,
but also in courses. Those who are illiterate learn to read
and write, those who can’t speak English go to English
classes, those who have obtained some grade in school do
courses to gain more. There are five people now registered
for 3 subjects of the national GCE exams at the end of the
year, two doing correspondence courses, and one lady in
Teacher Training College.
outside are also invited to the classes. Goal-oriented training
is the more attractive, so we are trying every avenue to
start an income-generating activity. We began with the guesthouse,
which needed a restaurant. We grow our own food in the garden,
the orchard and in the field, as well as our own chickens,
ducks, guinea fowl, rabbits and goats. We try to preserve
food by making jam, marmalade, peanut butter and by drying
sweet potato as well as other vegetables.
We make soap,
weave bedspreads and stoles, knit and embroider, cut hair,
mend bicycles, have a tinsmith, two carpenters and sewing
machines. The latter are waiting for a number of workshops
so we can start tailoring and also pottery to make an energy-saving
stove for the villages among other things. We are also getting
ready for welding. Everyone who has a skill has to have
an apprentice, and lessons are given on various subjects
to all staff, about once a month.
36 villages in our catchment area and four representatives
are attending our weekly Management Committee Meetings.
Three specialists go out regularly, one for sensitization,
e.g. "Why do so many children not go to school? No
money? How about a cash crop?" And when the village
expresses interest, we send an agricultural specialist.
also Mrs. Phiri who teaches Human Rights (including 'How
to write a Will', so widows will not be robbed by the husband’s
family, for instance), and helps WOMEN’S CLUBS to
find their way.
workers at Tikondane have to undertake some education. So
the gardeners, for example, learn to read and write. Or
if they have some years of schooling, to upgrade. Sister
Elke is expected to study as well, and has a teacher lined
up to improve her Chichewa. In the picture above, Michael,
working in animal husbandry, is doing his homework. Below,
the Hubbi or animal husbandry area.