The Impact Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (ICEED ) has signed an agreement with Nansomba Technical College in Mulanje to train 150 youth.
According to the signed agreement ICEED will train the youth in the following skills; Metal welding and fabrication, tailoring, Brick laying, Carpentry and joinery.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, ICEED Executive Director Madalitso Chidumu said ICEED is there to transform the youths in the district.
“ICEED is geared to economically empower youth with technical vocation skills as a way of transitioning them to sustainable livelihood and not to go back to work that is hazardous to their health.”
Apart from the signing, ICEED officials, Mulanje and Thyolo District Labour Officials also had time to Inspect the college and appreciate the learning environment of the students.
150 youth have so far been enrolled. The signing ceremony marked the start of the vocational skills training programme which ICEED is implementing under ACCEL Africa Project.
ICEED is implementing one of action programs for the ILO’s ACCEL Africa project which aims to contribute to the reduction in the incidences of child labor in the tea and coffee supply chains by providing market -viable technical vocation skills training Programs for 300 Youth of a Legal Working age (14-17 years) and livelihood and economic empowerment activities for 500 workers and producers at lower tiers of the supply chains.
In 2020, Malawi made moderate
advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government brought into force the International Labor
Organization 2014 Protocol to the Forced
Labor Convention and the 2001 Safety and
Health in Agricultural Convention, which
increase protections against forced labor and child labor in agriculture, respectively.
The government also adopted an updated
National Action Plan on the Elimination of
Child Labor, established district-level
coordinating committees to improve
responses to child trafficking at the local
level, and, with the support of the
International Labor Organization, launched a 4-year initiative to address child labour.
In addition, criminal law enforcement officers increased the number of investigations, prosecutions, and convictions related to the worst forms of child labor.