Church to Help Train Youths

The Catholic Church has pledged to supplement government efforts in providing valuable life skills training programmes for youth empowerment in the country.

Jun 13, 2014

CHOMA, Zambia: The Catholic Church has pledged to supplement government efforts in providing valuable life skills training programmes for youth empowerment in the country.

Choma Trades Training Institute board chairperson, Fr Oliver Shandele said the Church was happy that many youths were becoming viable and productive citizens through the skills training programmes the government was currently promoting.

Fr Shandele said the Catholic Church was committed to partnering with the government to provide a good foundation to facilitate creation of more self-enterprises among youths.

Welcoming transport, works, supply and communications deputy minister Panji Kaunda who toured the institution yesterday, Fr Shandele said the Catholic Church would continue to help communities both spiritually and physically.

"As a church, we are committed in supporting government to continue providing more training skills programmes to enable them become viable and start own empowerment projects, especially here at Mawagali where we have ensured that the Choma community benefit a lot," he said.

And Col Panji called on youths to be proactive and take skills training programmes seriously as the government explored other ways of creating more decent jobs.

He said the government wanted Zambians to develop a sense of ownership of properties hence the intervention being scaled up in mapping out effectual means of improving the living standard of youths as outlined in the PF manifesto.

"As government, we are committed in providing good jobs and infrastructure developments, that's why we are now planning to transform some trades training institutes and youth training centres into colleges to operate as contractors in creating more jobs among youths," Col Panji said.

He said youths were key components in fostering national development and should be given effective skills.

Southern Province permanent secretary Margret Miyoba said the engagement of youths in training in skills like carpentry and bricklaying was essential in enabling them start their own businesses.

She said the programme was aimed at distributing resources to the masses on the ground. --TPO

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