Plan International Tanzania Empowers 800 Youth

Plan International Tanzania has managed to reach 68 percent of the target to provide employment opportunities to youths with over a year at hand.

The three-year programme expected to reach 1,200 individuals is funded by National Bank of Commerce (NBC), and by last week, 32 youth savings and loans association were formed by beneficiaries to easier accessing credit through groups lending.

Project Manager, Plan International, Mr Simon Ndembeka, speaking during mid project evaluation, said the objectives were to improve incomes and household resilience among vulnerable households.

“The project uses Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model as we want them to explore opportunities available in their areas,” said Mr Ndembeka.

The third phase project, commenced in November 2013, had been implemented through Dar es Salaam Youth Economic Empowerment and NBC Bank which provided funding to cover all the project costs and provide financial literacy training to youth. The project manager said they managed to transform the behaviours of youth from risk environment.

According to Mr Ndembeka, the selected youth were enrolled at the Future World Vocational Institute in Gongo la Mboto, Ilala, Dar es Salaam — which was the project partner.

The youth were trained in customer relations, sales and front desk services, hospitality, hotel management, basic motor vehicle mechanics, basic motorcycle mechanics and motorcycle riding.

Apart from these core courses, the beneficiaries were also taken through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, life skills and English language were taught to all students throughout the course.

A project beneficiary, Ms Beatrice Denis, said after her father’s death she gave up on life due to financial challenges. “My friend told me to apply for the project which was announced through village executives… and my life is completely changed,” Ms Denis said.

Ms Denis, who has a dream to become an MP, said once enrolled she quickly opted for hospitality course since she will be exposed. Future World Vocational Institute Principal, Mr Robert Mkolla, said youth needs skills for better future.

“We support them to access practical placements and employment opportunities to become their own bosses,” he said.

NBC Social Services Manager, Ms Irene Peter, said they have been supporting youth for several years and their target was to maintain five million youth in 14 African countries.

Source: Daily News

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