Zomba-based young aspiring technicians can now afford a smile as a local non-governmental organization known as Youth at work Organization (YAWO) is training them various computer technology skills for free.
Martin Luther King Jr once said life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others , – for zomba based entrepreneur Richard Mwangonde the answer is – he is using his own resources to equip the youth in Zomba especially in Chikanda village with various computer skills.
A 25 Years old Mwangonde through his initiative called Youth at Work Organization (YAWO), and three other technicians provides free lessons in computer repairing, networking, programming and system support targeting young people aged between 18 and 24.
Speaking in an interview Mwangonde told Nyasa Times that he is passionate in computer engineering and he would like to share the skills to fellow young stars for the benefit of the nation.
“I have passion for computer engineering. I want the skills that I have to be passed on to my fellow youths particularly those who cannot afford college fees. I believe that the skills and knowledge imparted to them will be valuable in a way that after the training, they will be able to run their own businesses and be financially independent”, he said.
Mwangonde was quick to mention that the project which started running in March, 2018, is non-profitable.
“I am not trying to gain anything from this initiative. I am only using my skills to sustainably help the needy. I don’t have money to give them but I have skills to share with them and those skills will benefit them”, he said.
One beneficially Chisomo Odala thanked Mwangonde for the initiative and passion to share his skills to others saying it has huge significance to them.
“I have been dreaming of becoming an IT technician since my secondary school. When I failed to make it to the university, my parents said they had no money to pay for my school fees in other colleges. I thought my dreams were shuttered until I heard about YAWO. I thank Mwangonde for this project and I promise not to be a disappointment,” he said.
In addition to providing free lessons, the technician also provides accommodation for the students.
Currently, Mwangonde is training 12 needy students. 10 of them are from Zomba district and the other two are from Dowa district.
After the lessons the students are expected to be recognized with certificates from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :