US Ambassador for skills development
United States (US) Ambassador to Malawi David Young has said young Malawians have potential to substantially contribute towards national economic development if they are equipped with technical skills.
Young was speaking to journalists after a tour of Mwala Youth Club at Austin Village in TA Makwangala, Ntcheu District, where lives of about 20 people have changed through a technical skills programme.
Through the training, the youth are now able to make and sale furniture, which has, in turn, helped them support their families.
Young said there is a need for organisations and the government to work together to create more opportunities for young people.
“Skills training has the potential to create new opportunities for young people and the US government, through its agencies in the country, is ready to support such initiatives to move young people into the future,” Young said.
He then pledged the US government’s commitment in working with organisations to create more opportunities for young people through various programmes.
In 2020, Save the Children provided financial assistance for the youth under the club to undergo skills training and procure materials.
Save the Children Country Director Ashebir Debebe said the initiative is aimed at meeting the skills development needs of young people.
Eric Msikiti is a Senior Reporter/News Producer at Times Group. Though relatively young, Eric boasts years of experience in Malawi’s media industry.