In response to the Misuku community’s demand for skills training, TEVETA on Monday 6th March opened a Community Skills Development Centre (CSDC) in the area.
Misuku CSDC lies 40 km from the main road junction at Kapoka and it is located on the remote Misuku hills in Chitipa.
In his address, TEVETA Acting Executive Director, Mr Wilson Makulumiza-Nkhoma congratulated the people of Misuku for finally having their own skills centre.
“You have a passion for TEVET that is why even before this centre was established here, you were requesting for trainers from Lufita CSDC to come and train youth here in Misuku. This was costly but TEVET Authority was doing it so that youth here access skills training too.
“Through consistent demand for your own training centre through your chief, it pleases me to say that from now on wards, you are no longer a satellite or outreach centre for Lufita but a full and independent Community Skills Development Centre,” he said.
Nkhoma applauded the people of Misuku for knowing their skills gaps and demanding training in those areas from the Authority.
“TEVET Authority believes that training can only make optimal impact if the beneficiaries themselves demand the type of training they need. Going by this, you demanded for training in Carpentry and Joinery, Fabrication and Welding, Tailoring and Fashion Design and Bricklaying and we will facilitate for you to have this training,” he said.
He urged all present to spread the news about the centre so that many young people register and get skills training for the betterment of their lives.
“We assure you that your will be monitored during your training, after which you will get certified as a testimony of your competencies.
“Those wishing to further their training from this skills centre can be given a bridging course to enable them get a full level 1 certificate, after that they can join a community college. From there, they can proceed to conventional technical colleges and then to the university if they so choose,” he said.
It is our hope as an Authority that the next time we come to visit here we will be able to find good quality products made by trainees graduating from this centre.
“If this area used to hire services of bricklayers and carpenters for instance from Tanzania, we will now have the opportunity to use engage the services of our fellow community men and women who will be trained at this centre,” he said.
District Commissioner for Chitipa, Ms. Grace Chirwa thanked TEVETA for responding to the people’s needs. She also thanked the community of Misuku for working together to identify structures to be used as the centre.
“Let me call upon the service committee to select students that will get training at the centre equally so that all people of Misuku benefit,” she said.
Traditional Authority Mwenemisuku thanked the authority for heeding to their call for their own community skills development centre, describing it as timely and beneficial.
“We realise the importance of TEVET and that is why previously we were asking the centre in Mzuzu to facilitate that trainers from Lufita should come here to train our youth. Because they were camping here for longer periods, this was costly and that is why we asked for our own centre. It is thus overwhelming that TEVET Authority has responded to our cry for help,” he said.
TEVET Authority provided the newly established centre with tools worth K6 million which are enough for a class of 20 in each trade. In addition, it trained instructors on how to train others and also trained the management committee on how to manage the centre. Further, the centre received a cheque worth K1. 7 for the implementation of training