NGO Targets 300 Youths with Vocational skills Trainings in Dedza
A christian humanitarian organization, World Relief Malawi, has embarked on a 3-year ‘entrepreneurship development for youth’ project in Traditional Authority (TA) Kapukha in Dedza district to promote job creation and self-employment among youths.
Speaking during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting, World Relief Malawi, Programme Officer for Economic Empowerment, Thokonzani Banda, said once given a go ahead, the project will improve entrepreneurship and vocational skills for 300 vulnerable youths so that they could be self-employed to have substantial and sustainable income.
“We are targeting youths between the ages of 14 to 24 who are either orphan, teen mothers, school dropouts or are heading their families. We will train them in tailoring and design, bakery, welding and fabrication,” he said
For successful implementation of the project, Banda said they have partnered with Technical, Entrepreneurial, and Vocational Educational and Training Authority (TEVETA) which will be responsible for identify five community skills development centers and master trainers within TA Kaphuka where trainings will be conducted.
In her remarks, Dedza District Council Youth Officer, Twesa Mwamlima hailed World Relief Malawi for introducing the project in the district saying it will reduce the unemployment among youths and empower them to be economically self-reliant.
“This is a good project because unemployment rate among youths is very high in the district. As a result, many youths engage in theft or other promiscuous behaviors.
“Once they have been given the vocational skills however, I believe they will find positive ways to make income and support their families,” she said.
She, therefore, asked the organization to lobby for more resources so that the project could be implemented in all the traditional authorities of the district.
The training project is being implemented with financial support from Tear Fund Switzerland.