Friday, December 19, 2014

Tanzania: ILO Avails Grant to Empower Youth

THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) has availed 25,000 US dollar (approximately 43.8m/-) grant to support youth groups start projects on biogas and alternative energy.
This was revealed during a six-day training organized by UN-Habitat in collaboration with VETA among others, aimed at supporting youth to come up with proper project write ups intended to increase use of renewable energy and biogas.
Speaking during the closing of the training, attended by youth from Dar es Salaam, ILO representative, Jealous Chirove said the funds will be issued to groups with impressive business project write ups.

"Five groups with good project write ups are set to benefit with 5,000 US dollars each to start alternative energy and biogas projects," he said.
However, he said that the project write ups should reach ILO by January 15, next year. The UN-Habitat representative, Vicent Francis, said that they organized the training to empower youth with the needed skills so that they can come up with projects and employ themselves.
He said that more than 80 per cent of the youth have been employed in the informal sector, thus supporting them to come up with their own projects will decrease unemployment through the use of various technological advancement.
Earlier, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Elisante Ole Gabriel, challenged the youth to use skills acquired during the training for their improved welfare.
He urged them to do away with negative mindsets that employment must be in the government; instead they should ensure they work hard for their improved economic status.

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