Balaka District on Monday received the K500 million Khwisa Community Technical College from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta), constructed under the Malawi Government Community Colleges Programme.
Teveta has so far constructed 13 colleges nationwide.
Speaking during the handover, Teveta board chairperson Gilbert Chilinde said enhancing technical and entrepreneurial training for vulnerable and marginalised youths will increase the skilled workforce thereby accelerating economic development.
“It is only people who produce that can grow their economy and the youths can be productive citizens when they acquire a skill,” he said.
Chilinde said Teveta is focusing on increasing access to technical and vocational training through construction and provision of state-of-the-art workshops in all the community colleges.
In her remarks, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia said the 140-capacity community college has well-designed workshops and a fully equipped library, apart from a technical drawing space.
“Learning a trade is more than just achieving a skill. It is a path to a better life and a brighter future and that is why government, through the technical and vocational levy, is constructing 28 community technical colleges to enhance technical and entrepreneurial and vocational training in Malawi,” she said.
Chiumia said apart from the 28 community technical colleges under construction, government will also construct 193 skills training centres in the constituencies.