Young people from Traditional Authority (T/A) Juma in Mulanje will soon enrol for training in information and communications technology (ICT), thanks to the telecentre initiative by Malawi Communications Regulation Authority (Macra).
A visit to Namphungo Trading Centre last Saturday confirmed that construction of a building to house a computer training school and a community radio station is taking shape.
Treasurer for Namphungo Telecentre project, Shanda Malikebu, said Macra has invested K32 million in the project while beneficiary communities were asked to contribute bricks, sand and quarry stones, among others.
“We have been very fortunate because our member of Parliament [MP] Patricia Kaliati has relieved us. She has mobilised bricks and quarry stones single-handedly and urged us to mobilise sand only,” he said.
Malikebu said they expect construction to be finalised by November and the building ready for use by December 2015.
He thanked communities for their commitment to the project and expressed hope that people will take full responsibility in sustaining it.
Kaliati, who is MP for Mulanje West, said she expects the computer school to empower youths with ICT skills that will help them become self-reliant.
She also said the community radio will give communities the chance to air out their opinions on social, economic and governance issues affecting them. n