All set for Southern Region community colleges launch

Written by  Mana

The Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development has announced that the official opening of Naminjiwa Community College in Phalombe district will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at a function to be presided over by State President Professor Peter Mutharika.

President Mutharika launching the community college programme  earlier President Mutharika launching the community college programme earlier
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Labour Minister Henry Mussa said the opening of the college would also mark the official launch of the programme in the Southern Region.


According to Mussa, Phalombe is among the 11 districts in the first phase of the programme where his ministry has established community colleges as promised in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto.


He said the programme would soon be rolling out into its second phase where seventeen more colleges will be established, making a total of 28 community colleges, one for each district.


The minister also said the programme whose main objective is to help reduce unemployment among young people, will roll out in all constituencies in the country so that each constituency has its own community college.


“The community colleges will help in creating employment through skills development amongst the country’s youths most of whom are staying idle,” said Mussa.


He said there was a lot of demand for the trades being offered in the colleges because of their relevance to the country’s needs.


Government will support graduates from the community colleges by providing them with tool kits and startup capital to enable them set up their own businesses upon completion of their courses.


The minister further said his ministry has already started delivering equipment which was bought under the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDEF) five years ago to various community colleges across the country.


Meanwhile, the programme has received a major boost following the purchase of equipment by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development in the colleges.


The People’s Republic of China promised to assist Malawi in the community colleges programme by constructing 10 community colleges complete with equipment.


The programme was launched at Ngala Community College in Karonga district in February this year while the central region launch was held in September this year at Mponela Community College in Dowa district.

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