Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

16 December 2012

Tanzania: Church Trains Youth in Entrepreneurship

ELIM Pentecostal church of Tanga, initiated a programme to train youth in entrepreneurship skills, in order to make them productive in their respective communities.

The programme was announced here by the chairman of the church youth organisation, 'Christ Youth Commanders' (CYC), for Tanga diocese, Yohana Samweli. The Chairman said the organisation plans to train 100 youth through what they call youth camps to be organised early next year, which would bring together youth from different churches.

He said currently his organisation is setting up the camp and negotiating with experts from Small Industry Development Organization (SIDO), who are expected to facilitate the training sessions.

"We have started to negotiate with the experts from SIDO...they have already given us the cost of facilitation, and that now we are in the final preparations before setting the exact date of the training, but it will be early next year," said Yohana.

He said the entrepreneurship training for the youth would bring economic redemption to the youth, of whom most of them are jobless and do not know what to do in order to get rid of poverty. He said even youth who have passed through school are not encouraged to be creative enough in launching their own income generating projects.

Through the training the youth are expected to change their mind-sets, and not seek employment but instead set up their own businesses. The Chairman noted that religious organisations should use every means available to ensure that they tap and nurture the potential of youth.

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