The Malawi delegation currently on a five-day study tour in Nairobi, Kenya has said when the Agriculture, Technical and Vocational Education Training (Atvet) is fully implemented, it can help to reduce youth unemployment in the country.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) in conjunction with Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development with funding from the German Government through GIZ is implementing a three-year project on Atvet.
The project is targeting school leavers and women to gain hands-on training in agriculture vocational training to reduce unemployment among the youth which is on the rise.
During the tour, technical adviser for the project, Abraham Sarfo, said despite the fact that agriculture is the mainstay in Africa, accounting for 55 percent, research shows that it is being done in traditional ways by older people.
He said the youth, who are migrating to urban cities and also to other countries, do not find agriculture attractive.
Said Sarfo: “The issues we are raising are simple. We need to develop modern skills of farming, bring in farming technologies which are youth-friendly so that at the end of the training, they are either employed or employable.”
National coordinator for the project in Malawi, Mark Phiri, said the study tour will help to fast-track the implementation of the project in various community colleges, institutions and universities.
Malawi is one of the six countries chosen to implement the Atvet project.