Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute partners with the Film Association of Malawi to train 2,000 people in filmmaking
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Technical Institute for Youth in Lilongwe, Malawi, has signed a one-year agreement with the Film Association of Malawi to train 2,000 people in different aspects of cinema, according to an article in Malawi 24. Students will take courses in theater, operation of cameras, film editing, production and filmmaking.
As reported in the Malawi article 24, upon signing the agreement, Gift Sukez Sukali, President of the Film Association of Malawi, said, “In Malawi we don’t have film schools, we don’t have film schools. do not have places where people can learn these kind of technical skills, and we thought it was wise to partner with Don Bosco as it will be a great way to create jobs of skilled people in production and the theater.
Sukali added, “We have skilled people who can teach others the skills they have learned over the years. So, as an association, what we bring to the table are the facilitators to facilitate these trainings. The Don Bosco Institute brings the place as well as the material to be used, so it is a partnership, which brings good things because as you know, we need a platform, we need computers, we need a lot of things and Don Bosco comes to help the association.
In order to promote the participation of young women in this male-dominated industry, the Film Association and the Don Bosco Institute have agreed to offer a 50 percent discount to all young women who wish to participate in this program.
According to the article, Precious Chilupsya, director of the Don Bosco Institute, explained that the initiative is not only important for the school but for the whole nation as it will help create jobs for young people who have the talent and now the means to excel with this opportunity.
Chilupsya said: “This is a great initiative for our country, for many young people who are perhaps excluded from the traditional skills that we normally train here in Don Bosco because we have not focused much in this other area of art. I also appeal to the participants in this initiative, if we want to develop the young people in the country, then a girl has to be the first in everything that we are involved in. So, we want more women to come and join these trainings so that they are empowered in this.
In Malawi, more than 50 percent of the population lives in poverty and the majority of households have women as heads of household, according to the World Bank. Located in Southeast Africa, Malawi is a landlocked country bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast and Mozambique to the east, south and west.
Agriculture is a central part of Malawi’s economy, but the distribution of land is uneven and crops are highly vulnerable to frequent droughts in the region. Few homes have running water and less than one in 10 Malawians have access to electricity. Water is collected from wells or streams, and most people cook over an open fire. Malawians face hunger and malnutrition on a daily basis.
According to the United States Agency for International Development, 45 percent of the nation’s children under 5 are stunted due to a lack of adequate nutrition. Many children also lack educational opportunities and have few options to improve their situation.
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