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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 

Exclusive interview by Thoko Nazinthwele(Writers Club)

Q: Full names please?
A: Themba Mkaka

Q: How does it feel to be the most famous student on this campus?
A: Well, it feels good, it’s a pleasure. Never expected to be Mr. Don Bosco. Thank God for the position.

Q: What inspired you to contest?
A: The advice I got from friends. They saw something in me and made me believe in myself.

Q:What is your education background?

A: I have been to different schools. For example, I did my primary education at Viphya Private, thereafter went to Nkhatabay Secondary School and Kings foundation, then I landed here.

Q:Tell us, what programme are you currently studying?
A: Am studying Information & Communication Technology (ICT).

Q: How old are you?
A: 19 years

Q: How many are you in your family?
A: We are five (three girls and two boys),am the second born

Q: Who is your best friend?
A: (laughs!) ummm… Titus Mtepa

Q:What do you like doing during your free time?
A: Listening to music and composing rap songs

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: South African Idols

Q: What’s your favorite dish?
A: (laughs) Chips and Chicken

Thoko: Thank you very much Mr Don for the time we had to know you

Themba: You are welcome

Friday, October 10th, 2014 

I’ve been with you
Since before your birth.
I’ll stand by your side,
As long as I’m in this earth.

A mother’s love is special,
A never-ending gift.
A love that always there
If you ever need a lift.

I think of you often,
never missing a day.
My love is forever
And always sent your way.

You’r never far from the caring
Thoughts in my heart.
No matter how many miles
Ever try to keep us apart.

A mother’s love, your gift,
The gift I’ll always give to you,
As we watch our lives go by,
No matter what you say or do.

By writers club

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 

The bible says in Proverbs that when a man finds a woman, he has found a good thing and obtains favour from God. For this wealthy scripture to be written it’s because love exists, and it’s not just love but greater love that cause miracles to happen. For lack of proper understanding, man concluded that love is blind, if it is so then marriage is the eye opener.

September 17, 2014 the college remembered the days for Mr and Mrs Alfonso and Mr and Mrs Bicknoss’ weddings who officially had married on 30th August 2014 and 6th September 2014 respectively.  Fr. Michael Mbandama celebrated mass in honour of the two couples and officially welcomed the two families into the big but lovely family of Don Bosco. During mass, Fr Michael offered pieces of advice to the newly weds as well as encouragement to those that still are searching.

Soon after the mass was ended, a beautiful bridal party entered the multipurpose hall lead by the stick boy [Mr Isaac Banda] in a black suit and too long a stick like nobody has ever seen and the flower girl [Madam Monique Mwansa] in a pink dress walked right behind the stick boy. Then there was the gorgeously dressed and dancing bridal party of all staff members and the two beautiful couples sending all shocks of life to the audience with their dancing antics as DJ Africano did justice to his job.

The master of ceremony Mr. Mau Msamathe Mphonde Banda shouted “a double wedding celebration!” and the whole crowd resonated with him. Mr Kananji and Mrs Mkandawire represented parents for the two handsome men, Francis and Haswell while Mr Boniface and Madam Mphatso represented parents of the two angels Maggie and Enia.

Fun and more fun was the experience of the day as staff and students did perekani perekani and danced together, and had photo sessions with the two couples and then a round of drinks was served to all.

Before all came to an end, a question was posed to the two couples by Mr Joe Phelatu, “How did you meet? And what made you fall for her/him?” Haswell answered first, “I was a neighbor to Enia, we became friends and the friendship grew to an extent that we could not contend and I must admit, Enia has been so kind and loving to me.” Enia was second, “I have always loved looking into Haswell’s eyes I have never seen such lovely eyes anywhere else.” Francis, “I was trained in Don Bosco, I enjoyed celebrating weddings as a student and was motivated that I found a well-mannered and beautiful Maggie just as others did.” Maggie, “Francis is quiet, humble, Loves the Lord and I fell for him.”

Why marry when getting married is a multitude of challenges? If marriage is a CHALLENGE then it does good to those that enter it as it is believed that challenges make us grow in the mind since we begin to reason for the other before final decision.

William Shakespeare once said, “they do not love that do not show their love” and it is our wish that the two couples will show their love to each other and as WRITERS CLUB MEMBERS we say, “be like a postage stamp, stick to it until you get there.” We wish the two couples all the best and long lives together in marriage.

By Writers Club

Friday, June 06th, 2014 

Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute

Lilongwe, Malawi

Area 23 PO Box 30254

We are a religious order in the Catholic Church called ‘The Salesians of Don Bosco”. The mission of The Salesians is to work for ‘the poor and abandoned’ youth of the world. We have missions in 153 countries, many located in some of the most remote places of the world.

 

One of the most needy places is the capital city of Lilongwe in the country of Malawi, located in the heart of the African continent. It is regularly listed among the 10 poorest countries in the world. Our college is located on the outskirts of Lilongwe where there are about 1 million of the 15 million people in the country. In Lilongwe we have a church, a youth center, and a technical school. Lilongwe has a large population of young people. About 1,000 young men and women come to our youth center for activities and about 800 students are registered in our Don Bosco Youth Technical College. In this school we offer courses in Carpentry, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Hospitality Management, Accounting, Information & Communications Technology and Auto-Mobile Mechanics. We work very closely with the government to assure the highest percentage of graduates can enter Malawi’s work force.

 

Our school is relatively inexpensive, yet about one quarter of students still receive aid from different organizations as well as Malawi’s government. Each course is 3 years long following the strict guidelines set by the country. Discipline is one of our strongest assets. Our students know the importance of their training and most study very hard to better their lives and struggle to escape poverty.

 

As a school, we do very well in many different aspects. We are very creative in making the school affordable and the training standard is very high. The problem arises when we discuss resources. We can do much with very little, but we do need at least the bare minimum to continue our mission. Our greatest needs are books, manuals, and other instructional materials that both teachers and students can use as resources. Although we have limited resources for further study, our students are very thirsty for knowledge. They read and reread the materials currently at hand throughout the school day.

 

While we need books of all kinds, we particularly need the books listed in the attached document. If you can provide books that supplement this list we would gratefully accept them. We are also seeking to launch a Children’s library as part of our Youth Center; we would appreciate any books (picture books included) for beginners and early readers so that our youngest children can learn the English language early in their lives.

 

Books are being accepted right now, please address them to:

 

Jessica O’Connor or deliver the books locally anytime via:
Salesian Missions Dominick Malusa
2 Lefevre Lane 23 Andrew Place
New Rochelle, NY 10801 Locust Valley, NY 11560
Phone #: 914-633-8344 *please just leave all books on the front porch

Email: jessicao@salesianmissions.org

 

 

If you have any questions, please refer them directly to Jessica at the Salesian Missions or locally to Mary Ellen McKie at: mmckie3@verizon.net phone: (516)628-2863

The book list is located at: http://www.wishlistr.com/reserve/brother-robert

 

God bless,

 

Brother Robert Malusa SDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 

How sweet it is to come to your feet

Imploring your perpetual help

Time and time you have proven to be the refuge of sinners

Hope for the hopeless

Consoler of the afflicted

Comforter of the dying

Haven to the wayfarer in your path

Our blessed mother

You’re our counsel, succor and success

You help us in times of trial, temptation and tribulations

Through your intercession

We are inspired and motivated

O Mary, you love us with mother’s heart

Just as you held your son Jesus Christ

You hold us in your care

Your heavenly blossom shields us

As we adore your son Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

To celebrate and remember Mary help of Christians

By: Fanuel Vasco Kaunga Nyirenda (IT3)

Thursday, May 08th, 2014 

Ooooh, its free lunch again!!!!!!!! Today am not missing classes anymore!!!!!!!!!!!
Do not try to be too smart with the Divine and attempt to fool Him (GOD). Most of our prayers and rituals are just attempts to trick the Divine. You try to give the least and get the most out of the Divine and He (God) knows this.

God can be likened to a businessman. He will trick you even more. If you go underneath the carpet to find Him, He will go under the floor.

I`ve found this to be a common erroneous notion among we the students of Don Bosco that we tend to deliberately misunderstand the paramount importance of the feasts we celebrate. Let me use the possible strongest language that the upcoming feast is not just there for us so that we should just eat and drink and then off we go, No.. The feast is a pivot in our lives.

As the youths, let us regard the Mary Help Of Christian`s Feast as a pivot because at every stage of the growth of the Christian church, young people have played a pivotal role in its propagation and consolidation. We have the bounty of being youths at this unique time in history. Like the generation before us— (Dominic Savio, Laura Vikunya e.tc) we must seize the opportunities that the hour hath struck upon us. These are the years during which the Christian community must make a significant advance in the process of transforming our societies and our ways of thinking. It is imperative that we take up our responsibilities to lead not only our peers but all people towards the world’s civilization.

If we are to follow the characters of all the saints before us, we can, indeed agree that the chief reason for all the evils now rampant in our societies is the lack of spirituality. The materialistic style of our life has so much absorbed the energy and interest of mankind that people in general do no longer feel the necessity of raising themselves above the forces and conditions of their daily material existence. We lack those sufficient demands for things that we should call spiritual to differentiate us from the needs and requirements of our Physical existence.

All this is now happening because we are not in that right channel whereby we can acquire some of Gods attributes and perfections. All the young saints possessed the highest degrees of Gods perfection. In the other way round, the wish of all the saints was to teach us to be ready to sacrifice our lives for one another (just as what Don Bosco did to us) to prefer the general well-being of our personal well-being.

“How I wish I was there in the days of the polish blessed martyrs like Edward Klinik, Edward Kazmierski, Czelaw Joziwak and Jarogniew Wojciechowski who at the end preserved their until they were martyred in the concentrated camps”

The field is indeed so immense, the period so critical, the cause so great, the workers so few, the time so short, the privilege so priceless, that no follower of the Christian community can afford a moment’s hesitation.

Ooooh, my final years to stay at Don Bosco are fast approaching. No regrets, I will leave the premises with one out of the many lessons I’ve learnt:” There is no time to loose, no room left for vacillation”

Author: M`mpumulo-wa-mumtima Massa –IT 3

Friday, March 14th, 2014 

THE JOURNEY

+ late Mwai Kalembera

We will always remember you

Holding the ball in your legs

Heading to the goal

Supporters shout “good score”

We will always remember you

By being a friend to us

In class you were a peacemaker

Like a good family ever

We will always remember you

Your words meant a lot to us

As the good leader leads

Ruling his people

We will always remember you

We believe we will meet again

This is the new you, have started

May your soul rest in peace Mwai

By:  PRISCA (IT Two)

©WRITTERS CLUB

Friday, March 14th, 2014 

(ON 8th MARCH, 2014)

The Don Bosco teams arrived at Lilongwe Teachers Training College at around 2 pm. The morale was high and songs of praising their teams could be heard from a distance as the students were coming out of the buses.

Netball Team                                                               Volleyball Team

The first games to be played were Netball and Volleyball. The teams looked energetic and promising as most of their Stars were present. The volleyball team led by their captain Blessing “Tseto” Nyekanyeka, played to their best. After last set, the home team, Lilongwe TTC won 4-3. As the Volleyball team was struggling to have points, the Netball team was playing a heavily tight game with the home team. It was difficult to predict the team that would carry the day. The home supporters tried to humiliate the visitors but the style of play of Don Bosco Netball team was outstanding. At the end of game, Lilongwe Teachers college won with 26 baskets to 21.

Football Team

After volleyball and Netball games, all focus was on the much anticipated game, football. The teams came out of their dressing camps at around 3 pm. Don Bosco in sky blue shirts and blue shorts while LL TTC in Yellow shirts and red shorts. The LL TTC football pitch was full to its capacity having both visiting (Don Bosco) and the home supporters chanting songs of morale. The game started at 3:15 pm at a high note, both teams had few shots on the goal. Don Bosco capitalized the game having a possession of 55%. The first half ended 0-0, at 55 minutes Don Bosco scored through their striker Madalitso, making 1-0. Don Bosco team commanded the game with 60% possession in the first 30 minutes of the second half. At exactly 72 minutes, Captain Azalious “Maziko” Phiri scored a second goal. It didn’t take a long time for the home team to reduce the goal difference at 80 minutes to make it 2-1. As the visiting fans were singing songs of jubilation, thinking that they have won the game, that’s when the home team scored the equalizing goal.

At the end of the day, it ended;

Football: Don Bosco 2 – 2 Lilongwe TTC

Netball: Don Bosco 21 – 26 Lilongwe TTC

Volleyball: Don Bosco 3-4 Lilongwe TTC

Story by: Paul Thaulo

Friday, February 14th, 2014 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies.

A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were prosecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Rutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de S?o Valentim is recognized on June 12.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of Courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greetings cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greetings card legend.

Don Bosco College also observed the Valentine day in style as shown in the pictures below.

 

What do we learn from the Valentine about true LOVE?…..

Valentine’s Day. The day that happy couples exchange kisses and chocolate and go out for a candle-lit dinner. And unhappy couples feel worse about their marriage than on any other day of the year.

Valentine’s Day generates record-breaking flower sales and the exchange of over a billion boxes of chocolate. It also triggers a dramatic increase in the number of calls made to divorce attorneys. Online searches for “divorce” and “divorce advice” increase by as much as 40 percent in the weeks that surround this supposed celebration of love.

One explanation for this is that unhappily married people hold out through the holidays, and by January or February, they’re ready to act. Another is that Valentine’s Day makes a clear distinction between the haves and have-nots: those who have love and romance (and a dozen red roses) and those who do not.

Valentine’s Day is the relationship equivalent of standing in a fluorescent-lit dressing room trying on swimsuits: every dimple, flaw and bit of flesh out of place is magnified tenfold. The forgotten bill or the snappish attitude, the trash left un-emptied, the “not tonight dears” or the sex that lacks spark — the things that we tolerate (even if just barely) can, on this one loaded day, transform into deal breakers.

Hold any relationship up to an ideal and there will inevitably be ways that it won’t measure up. Assume that one person can be everything we wish for, expect sparkle, pizzazz and unflagging enthusiasm, and the sweet, ordinary aspects of married life can seem second-rate, when they’re not.

For many people, Valentine’s Day can be a pass-fail test of love and devotion and, under such rigorous scrutiny; even some of the best marriages might fail the test.

Valentine’s Day should, instead, be a reminder to focus on what we have, as

Sunday, December 02nd, 2012 

Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute has launched a project that is aimed at making use of its IT power house to influence the learning and training processes in all technical and vocational courses it offers. The project falls under the broad ICT project supported by the Connect for Change Alliance (C4C) from the Netherlands and wishes to discover ways of using ICT to improve the quality of education and training.

The project brings a shift in the way computers are used in schools by both learners and teachers. The project centres on training students in ICT applications in their specific fields of study to enable them become competitive at the modern labour market and business world. For example students who do construction will be trained in using designing software such as autocad, those doing accountancy they will do accounting packages such as sageline50. The new lab shall give students more time to practice and master the skills. Basic ICT training shall be offered to all groups of students as many of them have not had a chance to interact with computers while at secondary school.

Teachers shall be equipped with the skills to use ICT in teaching. Interactive videos shall be installed for students to learn how some equipment or parts of equipment which may not be readily available work. This shall help to enhance understanding and learning of complex material. Teachers and head teachers will be equipped with Learner Management Systems (LMS) and School Management Systems (SMS) respectively.

The project is not confined to Don Bosco College alone. During the second year, Mchitanjiru Secondary and Primary Schools will be part of the project and will have their own lab which will be used much in a similar way. Currently Don Bosco is already conducting weekend classes in basic computing for the teachers of the schools that are involved in the project.

The first part of the project was left in the hands of students of different sections who played each a role in setting up the new computer lab that uses thin client computer technology (L300). The carpentry students designed and made the tables; Electrical Installation students did the wiring and fittings, whereas ICT students did the networking and configuration of the computers. The library of the college has been turned into an information centre with 20 new computers.

Technology is a drive for economic growth and development and ICT is at the hub of technology. “Information and communication technologies are a key input for economic development and growth. They offer opportunities for global integration while retaining the identity of traditional societies… Finally, ICT can enhance the effectiveness of, efficiency and transparency of the public sector…” (A World Bank Group Strategy – 2002). Offering specific ICT training to college students and exposing the children at primary and secondary to ICTs will spur this development as it shall develop critical attitude and develop a creative mind. 

Partners in the project are Mchitanjiru Primary and Secondary and Namitete Technical College.

2012 Networking+ Class doing the installation