Tanzania Entrepreneurship and Competitive Centre (TECC) Publicity and Mobilization Manager, Abdul Juma and the parents made the call in Dar es Salaam this week during the opening of the 6th Via Jiandalie Ajira training session noting that skills and knowledge acquired will make them more productive.
Juma said the 12 days training which is aimed at giving the youth skills to employ themselves by opening small businesses also enables them to gradually establish companies and contribute to economic growth.
“The idea behind this program is to improve youths participation in economic growth through running small businesses of their own,” the TECC Manager told the over 400 youths aged between 18 and 24 attending the session which runs through three months including mentorship
He urged parents to provide guidance to the beneficiaries so that they put to practice what has been imparted to them by experts. “After this training, the graduates will also be introduced to financial institutions where they can go and get loans to start or grow their businesses,” he added.
TCCIA Dar es Salaam Region’s CEO, Sadotious Rwejuna said they will play a role of mentoring the youths after completing theory classes so that they can learn realities of managing businesses. “In the past session, we mentored youth from Coast, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Lindi and Mtwara region most of who are currently doing fine in the market,” Rwejuna said.
Youth Development Officer from Dar es Salaam, Masalida Njashi urged the participants to serious grasp what experts will teach them saying as unemployment become rife, self employment is the only alternative.
“If you are serious, this program can produce future rich business people for our country,” Njashi observed saying that most successful business people did not have an opportunity to go through such formal training sessions.
One of the parents of the youths, Ally Mkilima from Temeke municipality urged the beneficiaries to be serious and put to practice whatever skills and knowledge that they will acquire to compete in the market successfully.
“The most important thing for you right now is to be committed and serious with the training,” Mkilima said. TECC organises the training in collaboration with US based International Youth Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, Small Enterprises Development Organization, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture and local governments.