A group of 24 youths who went to China for a skills and job creation seminar have urged their fellow youths in the country to embrace mindset change to focus on creating jobs than waiting to be employed.
Members of the delegation, which is called the 2017 Seminar for Youth Employment and Development and stayed in China for three weeks, said they have returned home with a different approach towards job searching which they believe all the youth should emulate.
Briefing journalists and Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa recently, the youth said there is need for mindset change in Malawi in as far as job creation is concerned.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Maxwell Mkumba said time has come when youths in the country should grow from subjects to citizens.
He said: “This is the time when youths must do it. They need to produce food, establish agro processing projects and be in the lead than always waiting for others to tell them what to do. We need to change our thinking and avoid mediocrity at all costs.”
Mkumba said time has come for youths to be patriotic and selfless by providing checks and balances and aim at having a bigger picture always.
He asked government to establish and support well-defined youth entrepreneurship systems to boost youth employment and development in Malawi, establish youth business incubators and packs to embrace entrepreneurship and also encourage the youth to embrace volunteerism as such instils the culture of patriotism, integrity and hard work.
On his part, Mussa expressed his satisfaction with the lessons the youth have brought from China.
He said the issue of mindset change really needs to be adapted if the country is to develop.
The minister noted that well mentored youths are a resource for development; hence, governments efforts to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and a conducive environment for the youth to showcase their talents, mention the introduction of community technical colleges as an example of government’s efforts in youth development.
The training was conducted in Fuzhou City in Fujian Province from 7th to 27th May 2017 sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, coordinated by Fujian foreign trade and economic cooperation officials’ training center.