Government has commended Standard Bank Malawi for its support towards youth development in the country.
Minister of Labour, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa said this in Lilongwe after receiving 25 computers worth K5 million from the bank.
The computers are expected to be distributed in community technical schools that government opened recently.
Mussa said the donation of computers from Standard Bank compliments government’s efforts in uplifting the lives of youth in the country.
“We are very grateful to Standard Bank for their support to youth development in the country. These initiatives by Standard Bank complement President Peter Mutharika’s efforts as youth champion in uplifting the lives of our youth with entrepreneurship skills,” Mussa said.
Mussa said the computers will go a long way in supporting the youth in Information Communication Technology (ICT).
In his remarks, Standard Bank Chief Executive Andrew Mashanda said the donation is in fulfilment of the bank’s obligation to support youth in the country to realise their full potential.
“The youth must be included in the socio-economic development agenda at all key stages starting from the incubation, planning, development and market stage. To put it simply, we must challenge the youth to be assertive and prove their potential,” Mashanda said.
Mashanda said the vocational colleges that government is promoting therefore need computers to keep abreast with current digital and ICT revolution.
“The world has gone digital and the bank realises that ICT has taken centre-stage in propelling the information economy and all aspects of our lives,” he said.
The donation was made to government through the Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Authority. It comes barely two months after the Malawi Socio-Economic Forum for the youth which Standard Bank hosted in partnership with the Malawi Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund.