ICS alumni in Tanzania learns important skills to help set up their businesses

16th July 2017

Each year July 15th marks World Youth Skills Day. World Youth Skills Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 11 November 2014. The Assembly designated 15th July as the World Youth Skills Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.
Words by Kennedy Mmari.

According to the United Nations, ‘’one reason for youth unemployment is structural unemployment, a mismatch between the skills that workers in the economy can offer and the skills demanded of workers by employers. Structural unemployment affects all regions around the world and it impacts not only economies but also hampers the transition to equitable and inclusive societies envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’’.

In Tanzania, around 13 percent of youth population is unemployed and every year around 800,000 young people enters the labour market from schools, colleges, universities as well as those who migrate from rural to urban areas seeking decent jobs.

The participants of the World Youth Skills Day listening to the keynoters on 15th July 2017
The participants of the World Youth Skills Day listening to the keynoters on 15th July 2017

After consulting ICS alumni in Tanzania, they raised that youth lack some set of skills that could help them to establish their small businesses. Baking, modern farming techniques and internet marketing and advertising are important sharable skills that they thought could help to reduce the challenge of unemployment among youth in Tanzania.

Instead of just commemorating the day, the Raleigh Tanzania Society organized a two-day training workshop in Morogoro for the ICS alumni to learn new skills prior to World Youth Skills Day. ICS alumni, Raleigh Tanzania Society member and part of the organising committee, Frank Samson said;

“If given the right skills and opportunities, I believe we as youth have the energy, passion and creativity to contribute to the lasting change in the world. As an organizing committee member, I had the opportunity to help organizing a very important workshop and event which has given my fellow young people an opportunity to learn skills that are important to their lives.’’

Students from schools in Morogoro and other youths participating in the World Youth Skills Day
Students from schools in Morogoro and other youths participating in the World Youth Skills Day

On Thursday 13th  July the participants learned baking skills from ‘’Mama Muffin’’, one of the recognized bakers in Morogoro for her special baking skills. In just one day, former ICS volunteers from Raleigh Tanzania, VSO and Restless Development learned and developed skills they were able to put into practice, making three cakes; lemon cake, vanilla cake and carrot cake. They also learned how to bake breads and sweet muffins.

Three cakes; carrot, lemon and vanilla cake together with muffins made by ICS alumni after the sessions
Three cakes; carrot, lemon and vanilla cake together with muffins made by ICS alumni after the sessions

On the 14th, July, the day was divided into two parts; the alumni learned about Aquaponic farming and internet marketing and advertising. Aquaponic farming, according to the Aquaponic Source is;

The combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.” The training facilitators for both the aquaponic farming and the internet marketing and advertising, Hermes Stanley and Paschal Masalu respectively are Raleigh Tanzania alumni who are conducting businesses on these two areas.

Hermes Stanley, ICS alumni explaining on Aquaponic farming project to the attendants
Hermes Stanley, ICS alumni explaining on Aquaponic farming project to the attendants

On the 15th, more than 120 young Tanzanians from several schools and around Morogoro attended the commemoration day event. The ICS alumni had an opportunity to showcase their baking skills such as cakes and muffins that they made during training. The event was also attended by the National Facilitator on Youth Life Skills (Morogoro regional Office) and the representative from Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) who were the keynote speakers.

Mr Joshua Chimwejo, National Facilitator on Youth Life Skills thanked Raleigh Tanzania Society for organizing such an important training workshop at this critical time when the country wants to utilize youth energy and passion as a drive towards making Tanzania an industrial economy. He says “I thank Raleigh Tanzania for organizing this training workshop. Training such as this one is important to preparing youth to start their own small-scale industries which contributes to the overall industrialisation ambition that the government has’’

Mr Joshua Chimwejo, National Facilitator on Youth Life Skills speaking at the commemoration of World Youth Skills Day
Mr Joshua Chimwejo, National Facilitator on Youth Life Skills speaking at the commemoration of World Youth Skills Day

Mr. Chimwejo also comments ‘’youth population is a group that has a great influence towards social-political and economic reforms/revolution in the world and they are a great asset for the development of today and tomorrow. Our success as a nation, depends on how we prepare them to become parents, entrepreneurs, decision makers and future leaders’’.

Victoria Gama, is among the Raleigh alumni who participated in two-day training workshop. She says, ‘’the training has given me an opportunity to learn very important skills that perhaps if I wanted to acquire elsewhere I couldn’t afford. I thank Raleigh for organizing this and I think if many stakeholders would invest on youth skills, it would help very much in reducing the number of unemployed youth and contribute to the development of our country’’

"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth''-Diogenes
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”-Diogenes

Today, there are more young people in the world than ever before, creating unprecedented potential for economic and social progress. There are about 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 while that below 35 accounts to more than 50%–the largest youth population ever. This is the world’s most valuable resource if empowered with the education and skills necessary to impact a lasting change.

Paschal and Hermes are two young people and Raleigh alumni who have taken actions. You can read more about Hermes’s Aquaponic farming project here and Paschal’s Twitter based classroom here

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