Lack of access to vocational skills among the youth is contributing to a high rate of unemployment in the country, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has said.
ECM national secretary responsible for education, Pascal Mtwana, said this on Friday at Liwonde in Machinga when he closed a two-day training of instructors from Namitete, Andiamo, Mitengo, Thondwe Polytechnic and Namitembo technical colleges.
The training was aimed at reviewing a curriculum for Hope for Youth Project ECM will be implementing soon.
Mtwana observed that some youths do not have the required qualifications and the financial support to enrol into various courses.
“Through this project, about 3 000 vulnerable youths are expected to benefit from the vocational skills in various technical colleges.
“More importantly, let us encourage those with disabilities in our respective communities. It is only through such initiatives that we can empower our vulnerable youths,” he said.
In his remarks, Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational, Education and Training Authority (Teveta) head of regulatory and compliance services Charles Mataya Phiri said the initiative will enhance skills among the youths for their sustainable economic development. n