Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Minister, Henry Mussa says the establishment of community technical colleges across the country is government’s commitment to empower youths towards national development.
Mussa said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Tuesday ahead of the Eastern Region launch of the construction of community technical colleges in Mangochi on Saturday.
He said government remains committed to empower the youth with various vocational and entrepreneurial skills to enable them have the capacity to grow their own incomes and create employment for others to be self – reliant.
“I am very excited that what was a dream then is now becoming a reality – everyone from politicians, the religious and traditional leaders are now bearing witness to the fact that the dream of this country’s leadership is now materializing,” Mussa pointed out.
The Minister said it was government’s intention to actively engage the youths as participants in meaningful social and economic activities through national youth development programmes, one of which is the community technical college initiative.
“For the past 50 years, Malawi has been producing graduates with the aim that they will be employed as; teachers, nurses, lawyers, doctors and accountants, something that has to changed because in blue overalls there is potential for economic growth. In fact, for any nation to develop, it depends largely on the skilled labour force which uses hands and the creative mind to drive its economy,” Mussa said.
He added that government will work around the clock to see to it that such facilities were spread across the country with each of the 28 districts in the country benefitting from the initiative before scaling down to the 193 constituencies represented in Parliament.
Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational, Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) Acting Director of Training Programmes, Cripson Daudi said the authority whose role was to; promote, facilitate and regulate technical and vocational training was pleased to have an additional facility providing skills to the country’s youth.
“We have some bottlenecks in terms of reduced numbers of students who can be taken into mainstream technical colleges as such the community technical colleges drive impacts positively on strategic pillar of access contained in the 2013 – 2018 plan,” he said.
“The college is going to be helpful to the youth who will enroll and pursue various courses among the eight lined up…actually it is a milestone for the TEVET system to have this additional institution on its cards,” Daudi added.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Mangochi Central, Dr. Clement Chiwaya commended government for the magnificent facility, which he said was unique in its own right noting that apart from empowering the youth in the district with vocational skills, it will also contribute to the socio – economic profile of the area.
“We envisage that big things will come out of this institution. In short, we are very proud of this gift and we will guard against it jealously,” he said.
President Peter Mutharika is also scheduled to open Mangochi Community Technical College on Saturday under the theme; ‘Bringing technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills to the people for employment and sustainable poverty eradication.’
The college has been built by Bonongwe Building Construction Company to the tune of K264 million.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :