Empower the youth to remain self-reliant, TEVETA urges

Ntcheu,. Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (TEVETA) says young people need to be empowered with relevant technical skills if they are to become reliable citizens.

Regional Service Centre Manager for central region, Victor Luwambala, said Tuesday that if young people are empowered with skills, they will be able to venture into entrepreneurship of their choice, thereby being self-reliant.

He was speaking at Senzani in Ntcheu during the graduation of 40 young boys and girls who successfully completed a tailoring and designing course at Senzani Community Development Organisation (SECODO).

Acquisition of technical skills by the youth is key in promoting self-reliance which will, in turn, help in economic growth of their families as well as the country, he said.

Luwambala said it was not possible to employ all the youth in the country in industrial set up, hence the need for government to create jobs for young men and women through skills training like the one the graduates have just gone through.

The skills imparted in them are an important resource for them since through this training, they will be able to make their own money as well as employ others who have nothing to do.

That is why TEVETA exists to ensure that young men and women are equipped with vocational skills for the improvement of their livelihoods, he said.

During the function, graduates complained of shortage of sewing machines for their work which they said will bring in challenges for them to start operating.

However, the regional manager was quick to point out that TEVETA is aware of the problem and will make sure that the problems are solved.

We used to have a revolving loan fund with Opportunity International Bank of Malawi which used to give loans to young people, unfortunately it closed.

We are now trying to transfer that fund to First Merchant Bank so that they could be disbursing the loans to the young people for them to start small scale businesses, said Luwambala.

Ntcheu District Youth Officer, AbbersonMwale commended TEVETA for supporting the training, saying the graduates would now have something to do.

It is sad to see young boys and girls loitering around because they have nothing to do.

This is a commendable gesture as these young people will now be busy with tailoring and designing while making money in the process, he said.

SECODO is a community skills development centre which was established in the area by World Vision and has since produced about 100 graduates in different vocational skills.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA