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Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:25

Vocational skills vital for development

Written by  Vincent Khonje

Kasungu, November 30, 2017: A senior official from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training (TEVET) has urged the youth to take up vocational skills saying this could help contribute to the development of the country.

The country has a population which mainly comprises the youth but most of them lack certain skills that can make them productive citizens.

Speaking on Wednesday at a graduation ceremony of 61 youths who had undergone vocational skills courses at Bowe Youth Vocational College in Kasungu, TEVET's Director of Administration and Human Resources, Ted Chanza said the country needed a lot of skilled workers especially in technical areas.

"There is a gap as we have shortage of people who have technical skills. For the country to develop there are a lot of aspects that need vocational and technical skills so there is need to impart these skills to a lot of people," said Chanza.

The 61 students are part of Save the Children's project called Youth in Action (YiA) which has reached out to 5200 youths aged 14-18 in Kasungu, Ntchisi and Mchinji districts.

Save the Children's Senior programmes manager, Hyten Mungoni said the youth are facing huge problems as poverty has struck most families and there is need to address these problems.

"We felt that there is need to give the youth a decent livelihood. It was important to target these youth and give them a certain level of education so that they have hope of contributing positively to the development of the country," said Mungoni.

The graduating youth are all school dropouts who had no hope of returning to school.

One of the graduating students, Faith Napoleon said she believes they have horned enough skills to contribute something to the society.

"We feel that when we go back to our homes, we will be accepted and be respected as we can ably give back to the society as productive young people," said Napoleon.

Kasungu District Youth Officer, James Mathiya hailed Save the Children saying government can't manage to train all the youths alone.

"Government alone cannot afford to train all the youth due to financial constraints. I thank Save the Children for this as we all know that the youth make up more than 50 percent of the total population. So really it’s a plus for Kasungu," said Mathiya.

The youth were trained in motor vehicle mechanics, carpentry, welding and metal fabrication, brick laying and tailoring.

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