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Lack of learning materials affects Option Y Project in Chiradzulu

Written by  Emily Kaliwo
Some carpentry tools that the youth would like to have - Some carpentry tools that the youth would like to have - File photo

Chiradzulu, February 8, 2018: The youth in Chiradzulu have complained that Option Y Project which was implemented by Save the Children International (SCI) to empower them economically would not achieve its purpose due to lack of learning materials.

One of the beneficiaries, Susan Alison, a trainee in tailoring from Group Village Head (GVH) Msaka in Traditional Authority Mpama made the remarks on Monday in the area when SCI and government officers organized joint field supervision.

Alison said the purpose of the project was good but it had been negatively affected by lack of learning materials.

“We started learning on December 1, 2017, but since then Save the Children is yet to provide us with learning materials, as such we use our mentors’ tools for the training,” she said.

In his remarks, one of the mentors in tailoring, Charles Kongo, 58, said it was his duty to share knowledge with the youth from his area.

“SCI instructed us to start the trainings with the little we had and promised to make learning materials available but up to now nothing has been done, a development which makes us struggle as we are mentoring these youths,” he worried.

Kongo has two sewing machines and says faces challenges whenever they break as he must dig deep from his pocket to address the problem yet he does not receive adequate salary.

Desk Officer for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Option Y project, Dame Chinseu, said the project had no package to support students on food during trainings.

Speaking on late salaries for mentors for the month of January, Chinseu attributed it to the delay in the submission of Bank Accounts by mentors.

He however said the January salaries would be received later than expected.

In his remarks, Option Y project manager, Numeri Jemi, said the learning materials will be distributed in two to three weeks to come.

Jemi added that he believed that in the next phase, the project would not meet such challenges, saying they have learnt lessons from the material phase.

Option Y is a two-year project which ran from December 2016 and is expected to end in December 2018. It is being implemented in Traditional Authorities Likoswe and Mpama with the aim to empower 2,000 youth economically.

The youth are trained in tailoring, welding, electronics, saloon, knitting, carpentry, and on issues of sanitation as well as farming.

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