Youth economic Empowerment (YEE) project is a three-year project which is funded by European Union (EU) amounting to 9.42bil/- and implemented in partnership between Plan International, Volunteer Services oversees (VSO), Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) and VETA will reach the youth of five regions in the country.
Speaking during the launching of the project at VETA Kipawa in Dar es Salaam, the Vice President of United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal said that the project came at the right time in supporting government`s efforts to curb the challenge of youth unemployment.
He said one of the solutions towards the youth unemployment is the provision of vocational skills to enable them get employment in either self or waged adding that the government will no longer upgrade VET institutions to Universities.
“The government will no longer upgrade vocational and technical institutions to universities due to the high demand of people with vocational skills in the country” He said.
Dr Bilal commended EU for continued support to development activities in the country saying the government was pleased to see how development partners join hands in solving various challenges facing the nation.
Plan international Acting County Director Mr Gerald Magashi said that the project aims at empowering youth aged 15 to 35 undertake training in VETA centres in the regions which the project is implemented. These regions are Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Lindi, Coast and Morogoro.
He said 53 percent of the beneficiaries are girls and 47 percent are boys who are identified by the local government offices at their respective areas.
VETA Director General Eng. Zebadiah Moshi said that the mode of training will be outreach training where by the beneficiaries are provided with VET training at their respective areas.
He urged youth to use the opportunity in an effective way to ensure that they achieve their dreams hence improve their lives and the life of the people around them.
EU Delegation Head of Cooperation Mr Eric Beaume said that EU is committed to seeing Tanzania grow economically and increase the number of jobs available to young people, grow the taxation base and improve education opportunities and equity.
According to Mr Beaume, each year about 800,000 young Tanzanian enters in the labour market and a mere 10% find job in the formal sector of the economy adding that “the low skill content of jobs held by Tanzanian youth is to a large extent determined by their low level of education achievements.
On her side, the VSO Acting Country Director Ms Rose Tesha said VSO was very pleased to be part of an initiative to improve life of more than 9000 marginalised young women and men and help them to improve their market - relevant skills and knowledge.
She said VSO was committed to work closely with the YEE project partners to make it successful.
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