Times of Eswatini
Mindset change part of TVET programme
MP AKA-The mind set change part of the TVET programme is aimed at helping the youth to be able to assess their situation and find solutions.
This was said by ENYC CEO Makhosami Dlamini, who said this would help the youth from rural areas to avoid adding numbers of people who were facing urban poverty. He said they had realised that due to unemployment and poverty, young people from rural areas usually migrate to urban areas as they believed that there were jobs there.
Dlamini noted that when they arrived in the urban areas, they added to the number of people facing urban poverty. He said with the mindset change programme, they would assist them in changing their mindset and find solutions where they live.
On another note, Dlamini mentioned that more young people would benefit from the TVET programme as they moved to other phases. He said the pack of the programme would grow as more sub- programmes would be added.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador of the Republic of China, ( Taiwan) to Eswatini, Jeremy Liang, said his government had been watching this programme from a distance and realised its potential in changing young people’s lives. Therefore, he said as good friends, they could not stand aside and watch, which was why they were pleased to be part of the collective effort.
He highlighted that according to the Eswatini National Skills Audit Report, 60 per cent of young people in Eswatini were unemployed.
He said government already had initiatives in place aimed at curbing the high unemployment rates, but they believed this was a mammoth task, which needed collective efforts of all stakeholders.
“We need to give young people the tools they need to become productive citizens who will help build the country,” the ambassador said.
He also highlighted that over the past few years, Taiwan had helped the youth of Eswatini mitigate the issue of unemployment by awarding them scholarships to study in Taiwan. He said the Government of Taiwan had also sponsored 100 underprivileged students from the Eswatini College of Technology from 2019 to 2022.