Youths have the potential to contribute towards the socioeconomic development of the country if they are equipped with technical and vocational skills that would enable them to become self-reliant, said Sub-Traditional Authority (STA) Matola of Balaka.
STA Matola was speaking in Balaka last Friday during a handover ceremony of a site to the contractor for construction of a workshop block at Khwisa Community Technical College in Balaka with funding from the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) to the tune of K34 million.
“I am happy that finally youths in my area and the surrounding areas will have access to skills training at their doorsteps. I believe this will go a long way in empowering them economically,” he said.
The traditional leader said he was happy to note that Teveta is involving the community in the construction of the community technical college.
Speaking after handing over the site, Teveta Head of Training Programmes, Cripson Daudi, said it is the mandate of Teveta to ensure that youths in the country are equipped with relevant skills to ensure that they are economically independent.
He said the second phase of the project which involves construction of tailoring and plumbing workshops will cost over K34 million.
Daudi informed the traditional leaders and the officials from the district council who had gathered to witness the ceremony that the contractor was chosen after a competitive bidding process.
“We ensure that the process was transparent to ensure quality work. We trust the contractor will not let us down. I would like to also call upon the local leaders to support the contractor to ensure successful implementation of the project,” he said.
Daudi said the project is being undertaken in three phases with the first phase involving the construction of two classroom blocks which are now at a completion stage.
“Government through Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development has since identified a donor who is going to undertake the third phase of the project. Once completed, Khwisa Community Technical College will have a capacity of training 100 students per intake.”
In his remarks, Balaka’s Acting Director of Public Works, Chifuniro Katengeza, called upon the community in the area to support the project which he said will go a long way in equipping the youths with skills.
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