MMB part­ners with UNESCO

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

MALUTI Moun­tain Brew­ery ( MMB) has joined forces with the Le­sotho Na­tional Com­mis­sion for UNESCO in this year’s edi­tion of the Kick­start ini­tia­tive which seeks to curb the coun­try’s high un­em­ploy­ment.

This was re­vealed on Mon­day dur­ing the launch of the sec­ond round of Kick­start which was of­fi­cially opened by Gen­der, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Mathi­beli Mokhothu at the Bri­tish Li­brary in Maseru.

The youth entrepreneurship de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme trains and fi­nances bud­ding en­trepreneurs se­lected through an ap­pli­ca­tion process by an in­de­pen­dent team of busi­ness ex­perts.

The first round of the pro­gramme was launched in Fe­bru­ary 2013 with the six pro­pos­als that re­ceived fund­ing an­nounced in Au­gust of the next year.

This year, 55 bud­ding en­trepreneurs rep­re­sent­ing 31 com­pa­nies across the coun­try will un­dergo a two-week in­ten­sive busi­ness skills train­ing pro­gramme. MMB in­creased the fund, for this edi­tion, from the pre­vi­ous M800 000 to M1 mil­lion.

In her re­marks, Le­sotho Na­tional Com­mis­sion for UNESCO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Palesa Mon­tši, said the pro­gramme was be­ing ex­e­cuted through Stu­dent Train­ing for En­tre­pre­neur­ial Pro­mo­tion ( STEP) of­fered by the agency in part­ner­ship with Le­uphana Univer­sity and Ger­man Com­mis­sion for UNESCO.

“The pro­gramme is di­vided into 12 mod­ules and is fa­cil­i­tated here in Le­sotho by a team of ex­perts drawn from NUL (Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho), IEMS (In­sti­tute of Ex­tra Mu­ral Stud­ies), Lerotholi Poly­tech­nic, Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy, Cen­tre for Ac­count­ing Stud­ies and Le­sotho Agri­cul­tural Col­lege,” said Ms Mon­tši.

“Both the STEP and Kick­start projects are in­deed very ap­pro­pri­ate pro­grammes for Le­sotho to­day as they come at a time when the coun­try is grap­pling with the chal­lenge of un­em­ploy­ment, and most un­for­tu­nately un­der em­ploy­ment of fresh grad­u­ates from univer­si­ties and other in­sti­tu­tions of learn­ing.”

She said the ini­tia­tive was in line with the Le­sotho Na­tional Com­mis­sion for UNESCO’S en­de­vour to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional qual­ity, life op­por­tu­ni­ties and to re­duce youth un­em­ploy­ment.

“This noble idea is also in line with the UN Decade on ‘ Ed­u­ca­tion for sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment’ which calls for the cre­ation of op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one to de­velop the knowl­edge, skills and val­ues to act upon the

SOME of the Kick­start par­tic­i­pants pose for a group por­trait with MMB and UNESCO staff dur­ing the launch on Mon­day.

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