Chanoga Youth Acquire Entrepreneurial Skills

| April 16, 2015

Chanoga leadership in partnership with Local Entreprise Authority (LEA) is running a one-week entrepreneurial skills and development training seminar for 120 youths from Chanoga and surrounding settlements such as: Tatamoga, Xhana, Chanoga, Kookale, Mawana and Samedupi.

The main objective of the seminar was to illuminate the path of young people from disaantaged backgrounds.

In an interview, Kgosi Oateng Setlhodi of Chanoga said the initiative was born after they had realised that lack of knowledge and understanding of government initiatives had been a problem to some communities. He said lack of knowledge had denied many to fully take aantage of the initiatives in place geared towards empowering Batswana.

He said despite government efforts to introduce good initiatives geared towards empowering young people, there was a low intake of the programmes because in other areas there were no applicants.

Kgosi Setlhodi pointed out that they had also realised that some of the youths in the said settlements had limited life enhancing opportunities because they failed to proceed to Cambridge level.

He said initiatives like Youth Development Fund (YDF) which aimed at encouraging the out-of-school, marginalised and unemployed youth to venture into sustainable and viable income generating projects needed someone with basic business skills in order for projects to produce expected results.

The aim of the programme is also to reduce rural-urban migration by making it attractive to start growth-orientated enterprises at rural areas and to create sustainable employment opportunities for young people through the development of sustainable projects.

“We wanted to break the barrier and equip and empower the trainees with basic business skills so that they could have hope and make informed decisions towards government initiatives,” he added.

He believed that after the training, many young people would get encouraged, show enthusiasm and get ready to make informed decisions towards government programmes.

The workshop was sponsored by the communities in the affected areas and facilitated by LEA with assistance from other stakeholders such as Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), National Development Bank (NDB) Department of Youth and Gender Affairs.

After completion of the training the trainees will be awarded with certificates.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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