The district’s Social Welfare Officer, Frank Damalekani said this on Friday when he represented the Acting Director of Planning and Development, Martin Pindamkono during the graduation of 45 youths who attained various vocational skills at There is Hope Bricklaying, Carpentry and Tailoring College at Dzaleka in the district.
Damalekani hailed the school’s initiative in training the youths in vocational skills, saying it is in line with the district’s development plan that seeks to have its youths acquire vocational skills so that they help develop the district in particular and the nation in general.
He, however, advised the graduating students to stand up to the challenge they will face, be creative and of high integrity since they are coming from an institution which emphasizes on Christian values.
“Many people who go into vocational training are labeled as liars because many are dishonest. Tailors feature high on this, but I would like to ask you to be different and be honest with your customers since you are coming from this institution which has imparted Christian values to you,” he said.
In his remarks, Director and founder of the institution, Innocent Magabi said Africa had the potential to develop without depending on foreign aid, if all get to work and properly utilize the resources the continent has.
He asked the graduating students not to wait for someone to help them but start using the tools they had received by doing something, saying God would multiply the little they had if they took a step.
And in her remarks, student representative Alice Chafukira said something of value that was to change their lives had been imparted.
She however, asked the authorities to consider increasing the intake, saying many needy youths want to join the institution which offers skills training almost for free, but were being prevented due to limited spaces.
45 students went away with certificates in different fields such as bricklaying, tailoring and carpentry and received such tools as planes, irons and scissors according to their courses.
The development is in tandem with the DPP government which also puts youth vocational training at the core of the agenda in efforts to make the youths job creators and not only seekers.