I went to Chilangoma to have the DI meeting last Saturday. DI is the abbreviation for Development Instructor that is how we volunteers are called because we did the DI course in Europe - I did my DI course in England at CICD (College for international Co-operation and Development). In Chilangoma, there is the project named Teacher Training College (TTC). This project is from DAPP (Development Aid from People to People) and it's a kind of college for future primary school teachers. The students receive a training for two and half years to become primary school teachers.
This meeting was to all the DI's in Malawi make presentation about what we have done in our projects, what are the plans for the future and discuss with each other to share experiences. It was a nice time to see what the other DI's from my team have been doing in their projects and meet them again. I was curious to see how my friend were and what they were doing.
This day also happened an event, Open Day, made by the students and DI's from TTC. They did nice presentations about history and culture from Malawi. At a stand they were talking about music and showing some instruments used to play their traditional dances. In this picture I'm holding a traditional guitar.
There were some presentations from Malawian traditional dances. This in the picture is called Gule Wankulu is a dance practiced by many ethnic groups in regions from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. Among these ethnic groups include the Chewa that is the largest population group in Malawi. “Gule Wankulu” means big dance. What is most amazing is the dancer equipped with traditional clothes and mask.