Youth-Tech, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), has said youths who are knowledgeable in information and technology (IT) are assets to the country’s development.
Speaking on Tuesday at the opening of a five-week IT training course organised by World Youth Organisation (WYO) at Chikweo Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Machinga, Youth-Tech director for the Southern Region, Ibrahim Beyadi, said the training was aimed at equipping youths with IT-skills to meet demand in technological issues.
He said the project’s objective is to train as many youths as possible in operating and repairing computers, phones, screens, fridges and dish installation.
“Many youths are job-seekers but lack adequate IT skills to meet the world’s technological advancement. Therefore, WYO has targeted rural youths to enhance IT literacy so that they can contribute positively to the community as well as to national development,” said Beyadi.
Chikweo CDSS head teacher Peter Khwalingwa asked the participants to take the training seriously as it has the potential to improve their living standards.
“I am optimistic that the participants will not let this opportunity slip through their fingers as it is timely to enable them become entrepreneurs in the IT world,” he said.
The training targets more than 300 youths from secondary schools in Machinga.