Peter our Practicals Manager at the College is the 'engine room' of the practicals for the second year MfA students. Sometimes the best way to teach is to get into the vehicle and show the students how it is done! He is doing an excellent job and using real life examples of real life vehicle problems. Meaning the students are leaving with skills that are useful in the working world.
We had PUM (www.pum.nl) representatives visit MfA workshop and college recently. They came to confirm that we have been accepted to have a Netherlands expert visit for 2 weeks and help with training MfA Staff in developing vehicle technology and software. We look forward to the visit and so excited that we have been accepted, as NGOs are not normally picked.
We have great joy at Mechanics for Africa when we have our previous students come back to visit. We had Bright Chirwa who left MfA in 2012 and is now a mechanics in First Quantum Mines. Then we had Wagner Tulumba and Kegan Henrwk Sakala both MfA left in 2016, who have been mechanic interns also at First Quantum Mines. Great to see you and thanks for the visit.
MfA College in partnership with Zambian Red Cross have run a basic and advanced first aid course on the campus. We hosted the Red Cross on site and had about 30 visitors from other companies and NGOs. MfA now has three staff members that are first aid trained which helps with the growing number of students and very busy workshop.
The dry season is starting and the college garden requires a constant supply of water. The garden is for teaching valuable life skills from Foundation for Farming and for vegetables for student lunches. So over the recent holidays a group of students helped put a gravity fed irrigation system from an unused sand pit on the campus. The pit has a constant supply of clean ground water and will mean a reduction of water used from our borehole. Thanks for the hard work.
Massive thank you to one of our customers- Vitanda Consumer Supplies Ltd who has donated a large truck engine and number of old parts to the MfA College. These are invaluable for our first year students who are taught on and practice on old engines and parts. The first years are able to gain excellent practical experience, before they work under supervision with a MfA mechanic in second year. All to ensure the students leave MfA with skills that other workshops and companies need.
At certain points of the year Ndola seems to change colour. Sometimes it is the bright red 'flame' tree. My favourite is in September when the beautiful purple and pink Jacaranda trees come out in full bloom. At the end of months of dry season and just before the rains, they give Ndola and MfA a great look. Well done the Ndola town planners many years ago to come out with a design that will last generations and blessings us with such beauty each year.
In the Easter holidays it is great to do some site maintenance and keep the college looking great. Many thanks to Uncle Fred and the students that helped out.
MfA is transforming whole families with the Singogo family being a great example. Masuzyo Singogo is the third brother to pass through MfA, with the older brothers now working at a local hire car firm and workshop- Voyagers. Each older brother has supported the younger brother through college. Well done Masuzyo and many blessings to the Singogo family.
English lessons have some interesting starts-how to use chop sticks! Sarah was teaching 'methods of learning', one example in flow charts and the example she used was a flow chart on how to eat with chop sticks- however some of the students didn't know what chop sticks where. Noddles and chop stick demo- lots fun!