The Youth for Peace and Development (Ypad) has launched a nationwide youth economic empowerment programme to equip youths with skills that can make them to be self-reliant.
This comes after graduation of youths, who underwent television production and screen printing training in Machinjiri and at Chichiri Secondary School in Blantyre.
Ypad executive director Isaac Mazaza-Jere told delegates to the event on Friday that the project seeks to equip school-leavers so that they start their business operations.
“The programmes will be jointly done with the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) to ensure that youths have updated skills,” he said.
Mazaza Jere said the training was based on television and screen printing after observing that more youths expressed interest in the two fields.
“In actual sense, skills development is very vital in as far youths are concerned. This is the reason we signed a pact with Teveta to offer them skills meant to enable the independent,” he said.
In his remarks, information sector training specialist for Teveta Blantyre Clifton Kambalame described the certificate youths got as recognised locally and internationally.
“With these certificates, one can even clinch a job in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, among other countries,” he said.
Kambalame said Teveta will continue to partner institutions that want to equip youths who have not made it into the university so that they have economic development skills.
Ypad and Teveta have since urged youths who are struggling to get jobs to undergo training in technical schools if they want to update their skills.