Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Richard Williams Chimwendo Banda has said that the Nation Youth Service (NYS) program, whose K3.5 billion funding has been approved by the President, will be critical to the country’s efforts to deal with the rising unemployment among the youths.
The NYS program is specifically designed for Malawian youth to uplift their economic welfare.
In an interview and confirming that President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has approved the finding for the program, Chimwendo Banda said the NYS is inline with the job drive advocated by the President’s Tonse led administration.
“As an empowerment program the National Youth Service initiative will go a long way in addressing the problem of unemployment that has been there in the country. The NYS is in line with President Chakwera’s commitment to job creation,” said Chimwendo Banda.
The NYS program which is expected to come into effect in July seeks to train youths in all the 193 constituencies in agribusiness and other disciplines. The initiative is tailored to empower the youth financially through the knowledge acquired through the program.
After getting the training, the trained youths will be given a start-up capital in the areas of their specialization. Malawi population is largely the youth with 80 percent of its population aged below 35 years and with a median age of 17.