EDUCATION COMMISSION OFFICERS
Education Coordinator – Head of the Department
EMILY KUMWENDA KASOPA – FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT
Emily Kumwenda Kasopa works with the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission as a Financial Accountant. Emily holds of Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Accounting, Auditing and Information System. She is studying towards Professional Accounting Qualification under Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi.
DARWING NKHANA – BUILDING SUPERVISOR
Darwin Nkhana works as a Building Supervisor in the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. Mr Nkhana is experienced in provision of building supervisory to all building and related planning activities. He has served in the position for more than 15 years.
AUBREY SOKO – DRIVER
Aubrey Soko is driver working with the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. Aubrey is an experienced driver for both Lorries and Small vehicles. He is dedicated to his work and roles assigned to him.
JANET MHANGO – INTERN
Janet Mhango is an Intern working in the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. Janet holds a Bachelors of Social Science Degree – Community Development from the University of Livingstonia.
PIUS MWANZA – INTERN
Pius Mwanza is an intern working in the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. Pius holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education Studies Degree from the Mzuzu University – Malawi
CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MZUZU EDUCATION COMMISSION (DOMEC)
The Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission (DOMEC) is one of the commissions of the Social Development Arm of the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu. The Commission promotes education of marginalised poor girls, special needs learners and all children in the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu. The organization largely operates its activities guided by the Malawi Catholic Education Policy which is line with the Catholic Church doctrines as well as the Malawi National Education Act and related policies. These are largely mainstreamed at the diocesan level through the activities of the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. The Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu deliberately included a specific goal focussing on in its 2017 – 2022 strategic plan which is To Improve Access to Quality Education in Mzuzu Diocese. This demonstrates commitment of the diocese towards contributing towards promoting education in Malawi. The Education Commission executes its roles in line with the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church. Nationally, the Commission is highly mandated by the provisions in Constitution of the Republic of Malawi particularly the Bill of Rights which includes the Right to Education, Equality, Equity and Human Dignity. Further, all the activities of the DOMEC are largely tailored towards contributing towards achievement of the set goals and objectives in the national development policies such as the Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper; Malawi Economic Growth Strategy as well as the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III. Largely, these collaboratively contribute towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030.
DOMEC’S STRATEGIC GOAL ACCORDING TO THE 2017 – 2022 DIOCESAN STRATEGIC PLAN
To Improve Access to Quality Education Standards in 18 Parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu by the year 2022
Major Projects of the DOMEC
- School Access and Governance Improvement
- School Feeding Programme
- School Construction Programmes
- Volunteer Teachers Training Programme
- School Access and Governance and Improvement Project
School Access and Governance Improvement Project is supported by Misean Cara through the St Patrick’s Missionary Society in the Republic of Ireland. The project will be implemented for a period of One Year from the month of March 2018 to February 2019. The project is implemented in parish centre primary Schools of the parishes of:
- St John’s Parish – Mzambazi Primary school
- St Theresa Parish – Katete Boys Primary School and Katete Girls Primary school
- St Pauls Parish – St Pauls Primary school
- Holy Cross Parish – Nkhamenya Boys Primary School and Nkhamenya Girls Primary School
- Holy Family Parish – Bowe Primary School
The project is implemented to achieve the following objectives:
- Improving school physical infrastructure for marginalized learners
- Providing assistive devices to differently abled learners
- Improving school governance and management framework
- Improving teaching and learning for special needs learners
- Sensitization and empowerment on girl child and special needs education
Project Focus Areas:
- Inclusive Education – Special Needs and Vulnerable groups including girls
- Construction of 5 Pit latrines and 5 Change rooms
- Strengthening school governance systems by Training SMCs, PTAs and Mother Groups
- Engaging Duty Bearers from Line Govt Ministries and Rights Holders
Total Project Funding:
- The total funding for the project is MK 57,081,750.00
AUDIO SCREENING PROCESS:
Preliminary Visual Screening Process
- School Feeding Project
School Feeding Project is a continuous project that the DOMEC implements on annual basis with support from the Chancern duch Buildung- Germany. The project is implemented in six primary schools which include three diocesan primary schools and three Local Education Authority Primary schools. The 3 Diocesan Schools are as follows: Honga School – St Thomas Parish; Mawende School – St Cecelia Parish and Kasuluwa School – St Augustine Parish and the three Local Education Authority Schools are Katula School – Mzimba North Education District; Jolowale School – Mzimba North Education District and Chinguluwe School – Nkhatabay Education District. The project is largely focussed on school feeding and school garden.
Major Project Focus:
School Feeding: Porridge is prepared and distributed porridge among the learners at the schools.
The School Garden: The project facilitates cultivation of school gardens where maize, soya and beans are planted.
The project largely benefits learners of Standard 1 – 8 classes including marginalised girls, special needs and all children.
The major project partners are School teachers, community leaders and Parents
Current Total Funding:
The current funding for the project is MK 9,086,000.00
Maize garden at Kasuluwa Primary School
Maize in Stock at Jolowale Primary School
Mawende School Construction – St Cecilia Parish: Mpherembe in Mzimba District
The DOMEC recently completed a project of construction works at the Mawende Primary School with support from Chancern duch Buildung: Germany
- The project constructed One School Block of Two Class rooms and some Four Houses including 3 Houses for teachers and 1 house for a Health Surveillance Assistant for the area.
- The project also Constructed Some of Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines and Change rooms
- Further, the project conducted renovation of Three Double School Blocks
- The project cost 59000 Euros
- Currently the project has been completed
- DOMEC is planning to construct Two more Houses for Teachers at the school
Volunteer Teachers’ Training Project
The DOMEC is implementing a project aimed at building the capacity of the Volunteer Teachers from the Mzuzu Diocese by taking them to Loudon Teachers’ Training College where the undergo through a formal teacher training programme that enables them to become qualified teachers. The project is supported by Chancern duch Buildung: Germany
The project is implemented in partnership with the Loudon Teachers Training College of the Church of Central African Presbyterian of the Livingstonia Synod
Current Status of the Project:
- First Cohort of 63 students – Moderated June 2018 and 56 students has passed their final examinations. 5 students failed and 2 dropped out to pursue other courses out there.
- Second Cohort of 140 students – are on Teaching Practices to Graduate by end 2019
- The Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu is planning to establish a College for the teachers.
Bingavula School Project – St Thomas Parish
- Bingavula School Project was initiated and sponsored by Fr Dischens through DOMEC
- The major activity at the school was the construction of a classroom block of two class rooms
- Currently the school block is almost Complete
- The School block was constructed in collaboration with local community member
Kajiti School Project – St Padre Pio Parish
Kajiti Primary School Project is implemented with support from the Manos Unidas. The project will be implemented for a period of 12 months from July 2018 to June 2019. The project involves:
- Construction of Two School Blocks of Three Classrooms Each
- Construction of Two Semi-detached houses for teachers
- Construction of Three double Ventilated Improved Pit latrines
- The project also includes School Feeding and School garden of Maize, Soya and Beans
- Total Project Cost: 74,270 Euro. (MK60M)
Some Pictures of Kajiti School
A school block of three classrooms under construction at the Kajiti Primary School
A semi-detached house under construction at the Kajiti School
Happy learners at the Newly Renovated Classroom block at Kajiti School
Semi – Detached House under Construction at Kajiti School – St Padre Pio Parish-Lusangazi: Mzuzu
School Garden at Kajiti Primary School
The communities members including parents and teachers of the Kajiti area in under St Padre Pio Parish under Lusangazi in Mzuzu Diocese collaborate to work in the school garden where they planted maize, soya and beans with the aim of having farm produce that should be used for feeding the learners in the schools. The project supported them with farm inputs such as seeds and fertilizers.
The project funded by Manos Unidas is also supporting the construction of three double Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrines, One for the girls, one for the boys and the other one for the teachers. The VIP latrines are constructed to improve the sanitation and hygiene of the learners and the teachers in the school which should in turn contribute to increased retention and performance of the learners in the school.
Under Construction – Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrines
NAMBO Primary School Block Project
The Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission with support from the Chancern duch Buildung constructed a double class block at Nambo Primary School in St Albert Parish. The project was collaboratively supported by the Chancern duch Bildung, the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu and the local community members of the Nambo. The Chancern duch Buildung supported the project with funds amounting to 7000 Euros, the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu supported the project with 2000 Euros and the Nambo community members contributed some bricks and sand.
Double Classroom block at Nambo Primary School – St Albert Parish: Mzuzu
Kameva School Project – St Cecilia Parish: Mpherembe – Mzimba district.
The Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission entered into a partnership agreement with the Johannes Beese Foundation – Germany to construct a double classroom block with an office in the middle and a block of Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines at the Kameva School within the St Cecelia Parish at Mpherembe in Mzimba district. The community members of the Kameva will provide sand and bricks, the Catholic Dicoese of Mzuzu will provide technical support and the Johannes Beese Foundation will fund the project with some funds amounting to MK 29, 000,000.00. Construction work at the site will be done by the Nyang’wa Building Contractors of Lilongwe who was identified by the donor partner to do the work.
Under construction – double classroom block with an office room in the middle under construction at the Kameva School- St Cecilia Parish
Institutions under the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission
The DOMEC has direct Control over the Management of the following Institutions:
- Mzuzu Technical College
- The Mzuzu Technical College is located in St Thomas Parish within the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu. The college offers trades including motor vehicle mechanic, carpentry, brick laying, electrical installation, Solar Photovoltaic, Business Administration, Administrative Studies and Community Development to mention but a few.
- Nkhamenya Catholic Girls Secondary School
- Nkhamenya Catholic Girls Secondary School is the only Catholic Girls Secondary School within the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu which offers secondary education vulnerable and marginalized poor girls from the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu. The school is grant aided by the government of Malawi which also among others provides teaching and learning materials and the teaching and learning material. The School is located in Holy Family Parish at a place called Nkhamenya in Kasungu district.
- St John Bosco Catholic Secondary Schools
- St John Bosco Catholic Boys Secondary School is one of the two boys’ secondary schools under the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. The School is grant aided by the government of Malawi which provides and pays for teachers and also some teaching and learning materials. The School is located at Katete within the St Theresa Parish in Mzimba district.
- Nkhatabay Boys Secondary School
- Nkhatabay Boys Secondary School is one of the two boys’ secondary schools under the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. The School is grant aided by the government of Malawi which provides and pays for teachers and also some teaching and learning materials. The School is located at a place called Banga within the St Joseph Parish in Nkhatabay district.
- St Francis Catholic Secondary School
- St Francis Catholic Secondary School is the only day secondary school under the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. The School is operated by the community and some grants from the government of Malawi which provides and pays for teachers and also some teaching and learning materials. The school is located within the St Paul’s Parish at Mzimba Boma in Mzimba district
- Mzambazi Community Day Secondary School
- Mzambazi Community Day Secondary School is the only community day secondary school under the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu Education Commission. The School is operated by the community and some grants from the government of Malawi which provides and pays for teachers and also some teaching and learning materials. The school is located at a place called Mzambazi within the St John’s Parish in Mzimba district.
- 262 Catholic Primary Schools
The Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu has an approximate of 262 primary schools. The data base for the primary schools will however be updated to accommodate the new schools. The primary schools are located across the catchment area of the diocese which covers part of Rumphi district, Mzimba district, Nkhatabay district, Likoma district and the northern parts of Nkhotakota and Kasungu districts. The schools are supported by the government of Malawi which provides teachers, some materials for teaching and learning processes as well as some funds for managing small purchases within the schools.
Katete Girls School Project
- Donor – Manos Unidas
- Supported development of a Project Proposal
- Maintenance an Ablution Block of 14 Flush Toilets
- Construction of Pit latrine block of 18 toilet rooms
- Construction of a Wall Fence around the school
- Funding 75000 Euro (MK60M) – partly funded
- The Project is managed by the School Management