MMB partners with UNESCO
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.