World Vision Opens Youth Skills Development Centre in Dedza
Concerned with high unemployment rate among most young people in Dedza a development that is contributing to poverty, World Vision Malawi has opened a youth skills development centre at Tchesa in Dedza North.
Through this center, young people who completed their education and those who dropped out of school are being equipped with different skills to improve their lives.
Tailoring, electric installation, carpentry, bakery are some of the vocational skills young people are being trained in.
20-year-old Smith Gwanya from Jumpha village, TA Tambala who dropped out of school while in form 2 due to lack of school fees is one of the beneficiaries of the skills center.
He enrolled at Tchesa youth skills development centre in Dedza to study carpentry and after completing his training, he opened his own workshop in the village.
He is now able to produce doors, TV stands, beds, chairs, tables, and coffins among other things.
Smith said, all the challenges he was facing in the past like lack of basic needs are now water under the drain.
“World Vision Malawi has changed my life, am now able to raise over 80 hundred thousand kwacha per month to buy basic needs, and to support my family,” said Smith.
Emily Kanyawa is another young entrepreneur from Mayani in Dedza.
After completing her form four studies, she was struggling in the village to find money to buy basic needs.
She enrolled at Tchesa youth skills development centre where she studied tailoring.
Emily has now opened a tailoring shop at Mayani trading centre in the district, she is making a profit of 20 thousand kwacha a week and is able to fend for herself and her family.
She commended World Vision Malawi for changing her life.
She advised young people not to be discouraged by high unemployment rate in the country but urges them to enroll in vocational training centres to be entrepreneurs too.
Currently, World Vision Malawi has trained 177 young people, 57 boys and 60 girls at Tchesa youth skills development centre.
102 young people have been trained in tailoring, 39 in electric installation, 16 in carpentry, and 20 in bakery.