As part of our life skills program, we had Peter, a hygiene specialist and trainer from Seeds of Hope International Partnerships. He is an excellent teacher of hygiene skills to the students and ensuring they understand the benefits of good hygiene and health. From clean water sources, rubbish pits and appropriate disposal of human waste. With limited infrastructure in the communities this teaching is key to ensure healthy families.
Engine rebuilding training for the second years seems to be a large part of the practical training during term 2. We have had a number of varied projects to ensure that the students get great experience. Even like Clayton, the students have to get into the engine compartment!
Every Wednesday afternoon there is sports throughout the college and across the campus grounds. Great to develop team work, leadership, strategy and get some exercise.
Mechanics for Africa is promoting again at the Copperbelt Investment Expo 2019 in Ndola, Event and Masiku helping to grow the customer base and speak to potential students from the general public. This event also opens the January 2020 application process and applications are now available at the MfA Gate. We also had a visit to the stand from a 2009 MfA Graduate Jackson Hara who is working in the Copperbelt Museum in Ndola. So good to see you.
The MfA business week's final guest was Manfred Miyoba from Zambian Railways(ZR) lecturing on interview skills. He is the HR Manager at ZR and does hundreds of interviews around the country looking for the best candidates. So good for the MfA students to hear from a professional how best to present yourself in a interview. Many thanks Manfred for your help in this business week.
Our third guest was Robert Simushi from Diligent Consultancy who lectured on both Time management and 7 habits of highly effective people. Which was brilliant to look at how the students could be proactive instead of reactive. An excellent afternoon with Robert and many thanks for your investment to these students.
Our second guest to business week was Diana Kabaila from Flexi Finance who taught and discussed money Management with the students. She started and runs two loans companies for individuals and for small to medium sized businesses. So good to understand how to handle money well, especially when the students leave the college and find a job, then after a while want to start their own workshop.
Our first guest at the MfA business week was Pamela Sinyinza from Madison General Insurance. She talked about personnel branding and her story of working in the insurance industry. She spoke of the ways to become a vehicle assessor and that they are in short supply in the Copperbelt- This greatly appealed to our 5 female students as a possible future career. Thank you so much for sparing your time and investing in these young people.
The MfA Business week was in partnership with the Ndola Chamber of Commerce and MfA had the privilege of guest speakers throughout the week from the chamber. The week was opened by John Samaras and Joseph Malisawa, the President and Council Secretary of the chamber. Each gave a excellent introduction, their story of starting their own business and key skills that the MfA students will need moving forward. Thank you so much.
Last week was the first ever MfA business week to grow the commercial skills of the students and show them the role of business in growing Zambia's economy. The photo below is of the students with one of the guest lecturers. This program was to combine with the International trade fair long weekend- over the Hero's and Unity public holidays.