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Peter Mutharika receives ICT equipment from FDH

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President Peter Mutharika has said training the youth in digital skills is one of the best ways of preparing them for the future as the whole world migrates into the digital age.

Speaking at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre after receiving K19.4 million Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment that FDH Financial Holdings Group Limited has donated towards community colleges education Tuesday, Mutharika said the age of analogue and manual industries is fast going.

He thanked FDH for the donation saying it is important to this nation for the youth to be empowered with digital skills while they are in college.

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“The best way for creating a digital based industry, and indeed a digital based society, is to begin with our education system and training processes. We need to move fast in providing digital skills to our youth so that they become digital compliant before they enter the industry,” Mutharika said.

He said it is also for the same reason that his government has prioritised ICT as one of the pillars of economic development.

“This is why we made ICT one of the seven investment sectors; and why I renamed the line Ministry to become Ministry of Information, Communication Technologies and Civic Education,” he said.

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Mutharika also said the idea of a community college targets at developing skills for the youth in every community across the country

“By the time I am done leading this country, I want us to reduce the urban-rural divide. We are doing away with rural community marginalisation. That is why it matters to take ICT-based education to the youths from the communities.

“This is a symbolic move. Taking ICT equipment to the community colleges means we are now taking digital development to the communities. We are delivering modernity to the people; and not the people to modernity,” Mutharika said.

FDH Chief Executive Officer Thomson Mpinganjira said being a home grown and home bred company, the company believes in contributing to making Malawi a great place to live in.

“In order to do this, we have programmes that support social development of our people. One such area of our social contribution is supporting the development of education of our youths. The Community Technical Colleges that your Excellency has put in your government’s programmes as a priority area, are key to the development of skills and creating jobs in Malawi,” Mpinganjira said.

Some of the donated items are 42 flat face computers, 44 UPSs, two heavy duty photocopier -scan, copy, & print, lamination machine, ring binding machines, air conditioners, LCD projectors, heavy duty printers, laptops and paper guillotines.

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