World Vision Malawi (WVM) has moved in to improve the quality of life for 120 vulnerable youths at Sanga in Nkhata Bay by training them in technical, vocational and entrepreneurship skills.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, WVM support and strategy manager Innocent Pendame said the training is part of the organisation’s goal to reach out to 5.5 million children and youths with services in education, food security, water provision, sanitation, hygiene and health.
“The population of Sanga largely comprises youths and most of them remain idle after finishing secondary school. This perpetuates poverty in the area and because of high levels of poverty, only 10 percent of the youth continue with tertiary education,” he said.
Pendame said WVM partnered Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) to equip the youth with skills in 12 trades to make them self-reliant.
He said the organisation has also given the youth starter packs to establish businesses.
Teveta board chairperson Gilbert Chilinde said his institution used its technical capacity to improve the well-being of the youth and their communities.
One of the graduates, Iwell Phiri, was grateful for the training.
He said it has helped him secure employment at a resort in the district as an electrical technician.
The NGO invested $50 000 (about K37 million) in the project. n