PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Child Development Moses Mawere has urged young people to take advantage of skills training centres
to acquire the necessary skills that can help them sustain themselves.
Mr Mawere said the ministry is investing more resources in rolling out skills training centres countrywide.
He said in an interview yesterday that not only does Government want to empower young people with funds but also impart them with skills that will help them invest the funds in profitable ventures.
“We have realised that some of our youths fail to make good use of the funds made available to them due to lack of the needed skills. “Investment should be coupled with relevant skills if we are to see results in the investments we make,” he said.
Mr Mawere said a research carried out on youth empowerment programmes has revealed that most young people misuse the money for personal interest without achieving the intended purpose.
He said young people should first identify which industry they are interested and can invest in before acquiring the funds.
Mr Mawere said the centres will also offer training.
He said if youths are empowered with skills training, it will enable them to contribute positively to national development and uplift their living standards.
Mr Mawere said his ministry, in partnership with International Youth Fellowship delegation from South Korea will carry out mind-set education aimed at changing young people’s mind-set and attitude towards entrepreneurship.
He said the government is committed to providing an enabling environment that will allow young people to prosper.
Mr Mawere said the youths are the custodians of Zambia’s future hence the need for them to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that will position them to take over form the current generation.