Jacaranda Foundation Vocational Training Centre to be ready by September

In an effort to help the current government realize part of its manifesto of empowering the youth through the establishment of Community Vocational Training Centres, Jacaranda Foundation Vocational Training Centre which is under construction will be ready by September this year.

Founder of Jacaranda, Marie Da Silva
Founder of Jacaranda, Marie Da Silva

According to Founder of Jacaranda Foundation, Marie Da Silva, Jacaranda Foundation VTC will among other courses provide, Carpentry, Arts School, Hairdressing and Make up school, Catering & Bakery, IT and Media School.

According to Da Silva, Jacaranda decided to establish this technical school after realizing that many youths in Malawi end up doing nothing after completing their secondary school education. Which is due to less university space and that most private colleges are expensive among other reasons.

“The Jacaranda Vocational and Technical School will give a chance to the youth to learn practical skills which will help them enter the employment market in Malawi and not only that, as President Mutharika once said during the official launch of the Community Technical Colleges that technical and vocational jobs are an important means of development and self sufficiency.

“This is because they provide and achieve a turnaround in poverty indicators, if the youth, are given technical entrepreneurship and vocational training.

“Apart from that, this vocational training will help our needy students from Jacaranda school for orphans who fail to make it to the university to attain hands on skills for their betterment and the betterment of their families,” Da Silva said.”

Da Silva said the school is made up of seven houses that will be turned into various workshops such as carpentry and it is located in Chigumula residential area in Blantyre.

She said the German Embassy to Malawi decided to support Jacaranda Foundation with a grant of MK4.5 million (10,000 Euro), entirely allocated towards the renovation and design of a large house that will be turned into a media school.

The media school according to Da Silva will allow them, in partnership with professional journalists, cameramen and editors, to train students in journalism, film and TV production as well as photography and sound editing.

“Let me highlight that we are receiving overwhelming support from well wishers and  companies in Malawi and this is very important to us. We were thrilled to receive in July 600 bags of cement from Lafarge Malawi, a donation that will be used for the renovation of our vocational and technical school campus.

“ The Jacaranda Vocational School’s goal is actually to help the youth in our area find technical employment with companies such as Lafarge Malawi,” she said.

Meanwhile, International Labor Organization is planning to use Malawi as a model in Africa for the establishment and implementation of community colleges.

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