26 graduate from Bwalo initiative vocational center

Bwalo Initiative, a local organization based in Zomba has called for youth involvement in technical skills as one way of developing the country.

The plea was made on Friday afternoon in Zomba during a ceremony where 26 students graduated from Bwalo Initiative Vocational Centre with certificates in plumbing, carpentry and joinery as well as tailoring and designing.

The 26 graduands included 20 male and 6 females.

Speaking to Nthanda Times after the graduation, Bwalo Initiative Vocational Centre Principle Macrina Banda asked for well-wishers to join hands in improving youth livelihoods as it requires collective efforts of various stakeholders.

"Most youths in the country are jobless, therefore we are trying to give them skills because some of these graduates MSCE while others don’t have even JCE. As Bwalo Initiative Vocational Center, we are convinced that the skills will improve their livelihoods and they will refrain from indulging into immoral behavior like prostitution, theft and drug and substance abuse, in so doing the country will benefit,” said Banda.

One of the graduands receiving her certificate

Some of the graduates that Bwalo initiative produced in previous academic years are now working with reputable Organizations such as Southern Region Water Board and other construction companies.

While commending Bwalo Initiative's idea, Zomba District Youth Officer, Kate Nyalweni Mwandira said it is worrisome that only 30 percent of the youth have been employed. Mwandira said the development has come in time as government cannot reach all angles, as such it relies much on Organizations like Bwalo to intervene.

“As a Council, Zomba has a five-year strategic plan and we have a target to reach out to 3000 youths. Therefore, as government we cannot manage to meet their needs since youths are the large population in the district. The coming in of such initiative will give opportunities to them to have something to be busy with, others will employ themselves while others will be employed in different government sectors," she said.