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SMEDI motivates secondary students to think entrepreneurship

Written by  Chimwemwe Milulu

A snap survey conducted at Bandawe Girls secondary school and a few other schools in the north has shown that the majority of students would like to become medical doctors, teachers, journalists, managers, court judges and other white collar jobs.


While they need encouragement and support to achieve their aspirations, the reality of life when they complete their tertiary education sometimes shutters their dreams. With slim chances to secure a job, having an entrepreneurship mindset and becoming a job creator in the process is the way to go.

“As you are aware, many students graduate from colleges and universities in the country but not all of them are able to secure a job. For this reason, there’s need to inculcate an entrepreneurship mindset among learners at the earliest stage possible in order to expand the saturated job market in the country,” said SMEDI Business Training Specialist for the North, Catherine Malanga, during a motivational talk at Bandawe Girls Secondary School in Nkhata Bay District.

One of the Mzuzu-based entrepreneurs, Zondani Mwase, advised the students interested in entrepreneurship to do market research and start small. Like other investments, entrepreneurship also calls for vigilance as it involves risk-taking.

“I used to work for a certain organization before becoming an entrepreneur. I started my agro business that time. When the business stabilized, I quit my job and went into full time business. I also have a farm at Chigwere in the outskirts of Mzuzu City. Our business is doing well,” said Mwase.

Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute, SMEDI, has also conducted similar motivational talks at Phwezi Pvt, Rumphi and Mzimba Secondary Schools.

SMEDI is mandated to promote the development and expansion of small and medium size businesses in Malawi.

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