Ilemela district call for VCT public sensitisation

Ilemela district call for VCT public sensitisation

Ilemela acting District Commissioner (DC) Said Amanzi made the appeal on Saturday, while speaking as the guest of honour at a graduation ceremony at the Mwanza vocational Training centre. The DC elaborated that the local authorities, for example, should find a practial way and methods that will enable the parents, guardians and the general public to fully participate in supporting development of vocational education in respective areas.

Mr Amanzi also said that there was need for the local authorities to sensitize other private companies to participate in promoting same initiative as a requisite to spearhead quality education and also fight youth unemployment in the society. The Mwanza Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA), in collaboration with Plan International, have since last year introduced a four month basic employment skills training project.

The project aims at providing the target population with neccessary skills required for contemporary job market. The courses included among others, automobile technicians, hoteliers, and other entrepreneur related skills. The project set aside a total budget of 108m/- intended to benefit 900 people in Mwanza city.

The Mwanza VETA principal Theorbard Isaka says that a total of 107 out of 110 students, who joined the course have successfully completed their study, while 3 students did not complete for various reasons. He says the Mwanza VETA has been facing a number of challenges, the major ones including financial constraints and a shortage of teaching staff.

The Plan International operational Manager Paul Lusato says his organization has already supported 703 people in pursuing practical related skills at the Mwanza centre. Officials say that the project was being undertaken with funding of the government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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