Speaking in Chitipa last Thursday when he briefed officials from the Ministry of Labour, Youths, Sports and Manpower Development and the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA)about the progress of the construction of Kasama Community Technical College, Chimbalanga said the project is progressing well. He said he was happy that the project has engaged 31 youths from the surrounding communities who are being trained while they are participating in the construction.
“The unique aspect about this project is that construction is being done by students under the supervision of the site agent. This means that while they are constructing they are being equipped with practical skills at various levels on construction. Even the eco-friendly bricks which are being used in the construction are being made by the students,” said Chimbalanga.
The district commissioner said some of the youths have so far won some construction projects within their communities as they have already demonstrated competencies that they can erect a structure.
In his remarks Principal Secretary for Ministry of Labour, Youths, Sports and Manpower Development, Josephy Mawandidya hailed the involvement of the youths in the construction of Kasama Community Technical College saying this would enable them gain practical skills while participating in national development activities,.
“So far I am impressed with the progress of the project but I would like to urge those involved in construction of the project to adhere to quality. What has impressed me here is that you are using the youths in the construction of this project. I believe we can replicate this model in other areas where we will be constructing these community technical colleges,” said Mwandidya.
The PS commended the District Commissioner for taking an active role in the construction project.
TEVETA Board Chairperson, Gilbert Chilinde whose organization is funding the project in line with its mandate of increasing access to Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational education and Training among the youths assured the Principal Secretary that his organization will give the project the necessary support to ensure that it is completed on time.
Chilinde said once completed the Kasama Community Technical College will have eight workshops which are Fabrication and Welding; Electrical Installation; Plumbing; Carpentry and Joinery; Bricklaying; Smart Agriculture; Tailoring, Fashion and Design; Information, Communication and Technology with an intake of 160 students.
The Community Technical College programme is among the initiatives being undertaken by government to ensure that the youths in the country are equipped with necessary skills so that they can actively participate in meaningful social and economic activities.