Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

2 August 2014

Malawi: Utilise Your Skills, Youths Advised

Blantyre — Youths in the country have been advised to fully utilise their skills in order to help Government fight unemployment in the country, Peter Ndalama an arts expert said this Thursday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Blantyre.

Ndalama, a resident of Chinyonga Township in Blantyre and painter by profession, said youths should not relax waiting for government or other organisations to employ them, but should venture into other activities to earn a living.

He said it is not possible for all the youths to get employed, hence the need for them to be creative.

"Most people think that after coming from school, they will be employed. This is not possible," said Ndalama adding that there is need for the youths to be creative.

He lamented over some peoples' negative attitude towards what he described as, " humble" occupations saying humble as they might be, some occupations are rewarding. He said this was why he has now diversified into making papers by recycling used ones.

Ndalama also explained that apart from just making papers, he also makes hard covers saying this enables him make more profits as the papers he uses are the ones that have been thrown away by other people.

On this note he encouraged other people not to look at the raw materials being used but rather count on the by-product.

"I may look dirty yes, but by the end of the day I make a lot of money. This makes me forget about looking for employment," explained Ndalama proudly.

Asked why he started recycling papers, Ndalama said this is one way of ensuring a safe and clean environment.

He said when papers and other materials are recycled, our city will be clean which is good for peoples' health.

His colleague, Raphael Jere called upon government to support such skills saying they help in managing climate change effects.

Jere said instead of burning these papers, they are boiled and compressed to make (new) papers that people use. He said it is a pity that sometimes government does not recognise such initiatives yet they help it in its development agendas.

"Government must support this type of skill because it is one way of fulfilling its development agenda," said Jere.

According to environmental experts, product recycling is said to be one way of managing effects of climate change.

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