Nkhata Bay — Construction of a community college which aims at training the youths in various skills has been launched in Nkhata Bay District courtesy of Chief Zayed of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The development is widely viewed as support to President Peter Mutharika's plan to construct community colleges across the country to train the country's youths in different skills.
The college, which is called Zayed Solar Academy, will be a centre for free vocational skills training among the youths and is expected to start its operation by December this year (2014).
Construction of the college is an award given to Chilala Primary School in the district after it emerged national winner of permaculture farming competition which resulted to the scoop of the Zayed Competition Prize.
In 2006, government in collaboration with Non Governmental Organizations piloted a project dubbed 'permaculture' in selected schools across the country.
The permaculture concept, a brain child of King Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, focuses on fruit production without use of chemical fertilizers. Nkhata Bay based Chilala Primary School emerged winner in the competition out of the several schools that competed.
In recognition of such a lifetime achievement, King Zayed and Girl Scwitzenberge pooled resources together to construct a state -of -the- art vocational skills training in the district.
Speaking this week during the ground breaking ceremony of the college in the district, Acting Executive Director of Technical entrepreneurial and vocational training authority (Teveta) Wilson Makulumiza
Nkhoma described the initiative by the UAE based chief as a complement to government's plans to construct community colleges in the country.
"Such efforts will go a long way in scaling down unemployment levels, especially among the youths who form a majority of the country's population.
"Construction projects such as this one help artisans such as bricklayers and carpenters among others to be employed," said Makulumiza Nkhoma.
Solar power generation, brick laying, welding, tailoring and carpentry are some of the skills that young people will be expected to train in at the centre when it is completed.