13 September 2016 Last updated at: 8:21 AM

Focus on self-employment – youths told

Simtech computer training director Dan Matope has advised young people not to think of getting employed when they finish their education but to focus on self-employment.

Matope said this on the side-lines of a graduation ceremony held at Mzuzu youth centre hall last Thursday. He said most Malawians especially young people think of being employed when they finish education hence his institution inspires them to start businesses.

‘‘Our aim is to empower girls and youth by linking them to opportunities that enhance their chances of success in creating social-economically and environmentally-conscious families for a better society.

Simtech students

Simtech students share moments on the gadgets. (File)

“This means youths and especially girls have benefited from this technology initiative, girls have learned a variety of tasks,” Matope.

One of the students Dorothy Sambo thanked Simtech saying that the course will help her to achieve her goal as a young lady.

‘‘I am very happy to finish this course. It was hard when I was starting but now that I have managed to finish, I will open my own company so that I can fix computers in town,” she said.

Sambo concurred with Matope saying that youths out there should think of self-employment and not just getting employed.

Twelve students graduated on the day: four girls and eight boys. Some of the students will go to other centres of the school to train other students.

During graduation, the students received certificates of attendance, digital multimeters, professional hardware tools, soldering irons and application disks.

The third edition of the training began on 29 August 2016 at Mzuzu youth centre hall and Karonga Amphitheatre hall in the northern region.

Girls who want to join computer training but do not have fees are trained on loan.