Youths who have acquired several skills have been urged to use those skills innovatevely by venturing into entrepreneurship so that they sustain themselves and others amidst the era of high levels of unemployment.
The highly celebrated hip-hop artist Noel Chikoleka, popularly known as phyzix was saying this as the guest of honour on Friday 3rd November at Blantyre Museum during the graduation ceremony of students from Luso Technology Malawi, Blantyre campus.
The multi award winner encouraged the youths to embrace their fears of starting their own businesses by giving it a trial and putting effort, before the artist called on those who are already in the industry to lift up the young people who are just beginning by giving them support.
“The first step is always the hardest, but once you have started it becomes easier, not easier as in there are no challenges, but because you realise its possible once you put effort, and if you fail you will not die.” Said Chikoleka.
“For those of you who have already gone through all these processes, never forget our young brothers and sisters who are just starting, go back to them and encourage them, support them and share with them your experiences just to motivate them that they can also do it”. He pleaded.
One of the teachers at Luso, Miss Auspicious Nasimba congratulated the students highlighting that even though they have had a number of challenges throughout the journey, they have managed to acquire the skills, and also encouraged them to showcase whatever they have learnt for the betterment of the country.
Nasimba said, “when we go out there, let’s keep and maintain what we have learnt at school, we have learnt a lot, and apart from learning these courses, we have also learnt loving one another, so let us do that when we go out there”.
Making his remarks, one of the graduates who was studying video production, Trevor Paundi says Luso Technology Malawi has helped him to acquire the skills he has been dreaming of, and assured to make use of the skills to develop his life and Malawi as a nation.
“Before I started this course at Luso, it was my wish to be operating a camera, I have been admiring those people, so finally I have acquired the skills and I will make sure I use them properly and employ others so that I also contribute to lowering levels of unemployment in the country “. Said Paundi.
Luso Technology Malawi offers a number of courses including ICT, tailoring and fashion designing, plumbing, electrical and solar installation, video production as well as welding, and yesterday at least seventy seven students have graduated.
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