2023 Annual Progress Report launched

We are excited and proud to announce the release of our Development Aid from People to People (DAPP Progress Report 2023.

The report reflects a collective effort that has propelled us to make an impact on people’s lives in Mashonaland Central, Manicaland, and Masvingo provinces. In the year 2023, our presence impacted the lives of 378,675 individuals from all circles of life and we made significant strides, especially in urgent emerging issues like global warming and climate change, as well as the recent cholera outbreak.

Green Paths for You(th) and the Climate project launched

Green Paths for You(th) and the Climate project launched

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe is proud to announce a transformative partnership with the Swiss Academy for Development (SA4D) to launch a comprehensive three-year project focused on empowering disadvantaged youth in Shamva District The joint effort, named “Green Paths for You(th) and the Climate,” aims to empower 300 disadvantaged young people aged 15-24 over a 34-month period starting from March 1, 2024.

At the core of our project is the goal of equipping young people with vital skills in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture to improve food security, nutrition, and income stability. Through targeted technical and practical training sessions, participants will gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience in agricultural practices that prioritize environmental sustainability.

Beyond technical skills, we recognize the importance of enhancing employability and life skills among youth. To achieve this, our project integrates innovative sport and play-based sessions that impart agri-entrepreneurship knowledge and general life skills. By combining practical training with ongoing mentorship, coaching, and provision of start-up tools, we aim to empower participants to embark on successful economic ventures.

A central aspect of our project is the commitment to addressing mental health challenges and combating alcohol, drug, and substance abuse among young people. By fostering awareness and providing support, we seek to promote healthier lifestyles and cultivate a more engaged and resilient youth population in Shamva District.

DAPP Zimbabwe is also focused on enhancing our organizational capacities through this partnership. Our dedicated local staff and community members will receive specialized training on SA4D’s sport and play-based approach, enhancing our ability to integrate these methodologies into our broader development activities. This capacity-building initiative will strengthen our impact and visibility, particularly in the field of “Sport for Development.”

As we embark on this journey, we recognize that the project’s impact extends far beyond our direct participants. Planned awareness-raising activities and community engagement events will benefit the broader project area, fostering sustainable and inclusive development across Shamva District. With 300 young people set to benefit directly from our training sessions and community initiatives, DAPP Zimbabwe is excited to be at the forefront of positive change. Together with SA4D, we are committed to building a brighter future for disadvantaged youth and their communities, creating pathways to sustainable employment and improved well-being.

Embracing Vocational Skills training for sustained livelihood

Embracing Vocational Skills training for sustained livelihood

My name is Tatenda Maunde and I am a 22 year old young man from Mt Darwin. I wrote my form four in 2020 and passed six Ordinary Level subjects but due to financial constraints, I could not continue with my education. I had lost hope for the future.

I was introduced to vocational education training by a friend who had just completed short courses at Ponesai Vanhu Technical College (PVTC). I used to think that only students with lower grades were the ones placed in TVET schools but later on, I realized that those who graduates from such schools were getting opportunities since their skills were meeting market labour demands. I then made up my mind and enrolled for a Tourism and Hospitality long course at PVTC.

I got training on the baking business, making business plans, creating strong client base and social media marketing. Although I am looking forward to finishing my studies, I understand the high unemployment rate among young people in Zimbabwe. Therefore, our training is heavily centered on entrepreneurship skills training for self -employment and I hope to get together with other students to start our own bakery. I believe that there is need for vocational schools to engage industry experts as guests’ instructors to improve student’s skills in line with labour demands.

I want to call upon the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to establish Youth Employment Clubs, where current students, graduates from different careers and company representatives to allow for continued learning and sharpening of critical soft skills, such as planning, negotiation, and communication.



PVTC courses receives Bindura University accreditation

PVTC courses receives Bindura University accreditation

Ponesai Vanhu Technical College (PVTC) – a DAPP Zimbabwe project now offers Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) accredited short term vocational and technical courses. This follows the signing of a teaming agreement between BUSE and DAPP Zimbabwe on the 7th of December 2021.
The agreement will see BUSE offering certification of short term courses being offered at PVTC which include, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Building, Computer Operations and Packages, Confectionary and Bakery studies, Garment Construction, Beauty Therapy and Electrical and gadgets repair.
DAPP’s PVTC, with the assistance from BUSE and the private sector developed and designed 7 technical and vocational courses in line with industry relevance. The courses were designed following extensive market research to ensure that students are skilled in accordance to labor market demands and entrepreneurship.
 For more information Contact us 

DAPP Zimbabwe
4 Kensington Road
Highlands Harare
042 2497620

Ponesai Vanhu Technical College
Private BAG 2076
Email: pvtcinfo15@gmail.com
Principal: dwickmafama@hotmail.com
Phone: 0783705216

TVET for all -International day of education

TVET for all -International day of education

DAPP Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Day of Education running under the theme, “Changing Course, Transforming Education”. The day is celebrated in the wake of Covid -19 which has greatly disrupted the education sector and other sectors in general due to lockdowns.
Celebrated annually on the 24th of January, DAPP Zimbabwe acknowledges the importance of inclusive and equitable access to quality education to improve youth employability, reduce poverty and achieve socio-economic development.

Our pledge
DAPP pledges to play its role in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. DAPP through Ponesai Vanhu Technical College promotes skills development for girls, youth from low income backgrounds and youths living with disabilities through offering short and long term practical courses. The courses on offer were designed after an extensive market research  to  ensure skills  match labour market demand and realities.

The reality on the ground
Like many institutions around the world, PVTC faced many challenges including school closures. To ensure delivery of education during the Covid -19 pandemic PVTC adopted alternatives learning platforms such as online platforms and smaller learning groups. However, the hands-on practical skills trainings as well as work based training were affected due to nationwide lockdowns leading to delays in completion of courses and student drop outs.

Girl learning how to build

Vision for the future of education
Looking to the future, DAPP Zimbabwe envisions a world where Governments, Education sector players, Private sector and Policy makers and other key players comes together to share knowledge, experiences and best practices to build resilience against future shocks and mitigate COVID-19 impacts. Our vision is to see youths from margined remote parts of the country have equitable access to TVET for all programs through Public Private Partnerships.