By Norbert Tambalamtuwa Mzembe
142 youth from violent prone areas in
Karonga, Rumphi and Chitipa districts have been awarded certificates for
successfully completing a six months course in the fields of Carpentry and
Joinery, Brick Laying and Tailoring, Fashion and Designing.
Caritas Secretary, Mwawi Shaba says
Karonga Diocese through the Bishop Martin Mtumbuka planned to reach out to many
youths who would have been left out by the formal vocational training
“A greater part of the country’s
population is occupied by the youth who have nothing to do hence they opt for
violent acts particularly in Karonga. This initiative, therefore, was also meant
to groom the youth to become reliable citizens of this nation,” Shaba
further acknowledged the sister of Archdiocese of Bamberg and Archdiocese of
Freiburg in Germany for their support towards the training of about 142 youths
who have received certificates out of 150 that were enrolled. They were drawn
from Chiweta, Mwenilondo, Mpata, Pusi-Chakwera and Mwanjawala communities.
He pleaded with the TEVETA Executive Director
to organize a further training for the graduates to have skills in
entrepreneurship so that they are able to sustain themselves through the sale
of their products.
Speaking on behalf of the graduating students
Phillip Mwangolera commended the initiative by the diocese to train them to
become good and self-reliant citizens through the skills they have acquired.
“I was one of the most trouble
makers in Mwenilondo who could accept bribes from organisers of violent acts to
incite violence, but now I have something to fend for myself and relatives. My
plea to the Diocese and TEVETA is that this should not be a once off initiative,”
However, the District Youth officer for
Karonga who represented the District Commissioner, Lapken Liwago stressed on
National Youth Policy which stipulates that young people must be empowered
economically. He hailed the Diocese and TEVETA for adding value to the policy.
TEVETA Executive Director, Wilson Nkhoma
said he is pleased to have partnered with the Diocese to train the youth in
various vocational skills. Above all, he commended the trainers for tirelessly
training the youth through competent-based skills, who were also trained
further to become competent trainers.
“As TEVETA, we believe that the
youth can employ themselves through vocational skills and become self-reliant
if they can put their heart and effort on such skill without actually
advertising themselves but through quality products,” said Nkhoma.
Speaking on behalf of the Bishop of the
Karonga Diocese, the guest of honor during the graduation event, Father Cyprian
Ngoma of Kasantha Parish said unemployment rate is high leading to moral
decadence among the youth. He said the Church believes that the graduates will
now become instruments of peace in the society.
Father Ngoma added that the Diocese has
only given them an eye opener by giving them certificates but the journey to
achieve their goal still remains in their hands.