Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) says the long-awaited mining school in Mzuzu will be opened at the end of this month or early December.
The school, a brainchild of the Gemstones Association of Malawi (GAM), Teveta, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining as well as Malawi Women in Mining Association (Mawima), will train youths from Mzimba in the mining industry.
Teveta regional service centre manager (North) Conceptor Bamusi said they have already furnished the school.
“Probably this month end or early December we will officially launch the school. The demand is high, but we will start with 20 students. We sent some women to South Africa for training as tutors.
“At the end of the courses, students will be given a certificate of attendance. What is more important is the skill that they will get. You should know that we have other extractives like coal, but we will first start with gemstone and the other courses will be incorporated [later],” she said.
GAM secretary general Ian Petros Mbewe said the school will focus on youths from Mzimba only to enhance the capacity of the district in managing the vast amounts of minerals it hosts.
He said: “Mzimba is blessed with minerals, but people do not have the expertise in mining. That is why we are not developing. So, we want our youths to understand the philosophy of mining, they have to grow with that knowledge and help develop the district.”