Zombo, (UG): A group of 240 youthful trainees who hailed from Paidha Town Council and Paidha Sub-county and attended the skills development training in Zombo District have been challenged to effect the knowledge and skills gained to cause multiplier effect and transform communities.
The five-day training which focused on skilling the youths intended to build the youths’ capacity to enrol in money-making ventures for their community development.
The participants were also grouped into about 7 wards each constituting about 20 members to help keep trainees abreast and ease mobilization of resources to start up production of the different products they were skilled in.
The trainees were inducted on personal awareness and skilled in making bar and liquid soap, sanitary pads, Vaseline, Baking, ICT in business and other essential business administration techniques.
Speaking during the closure of the 5-day training held at Paidha Secondary School on Friday, January 19, Mr Amos Jacan, the Zombo District Youth Chairperson tasked the trainees to execute the skills and knowledge acquired.
“We have a big challenge with the youth who attain these skills and in the end, they do nothing with the skills we should not leave the responsibility entirely on partners and government to provide the start-up equipment you must put in some effort to acquire some of the tools for production,” Jacan iterated to the trainees.
Some of the oriented, skilled and confidently charged trainees who spoke to DailyExpress articulated their readiness to actualize and practice the knowledge and skills attained during the training.
Mr Fred Pithua, team leader of the trainees explained to this publication the skills acquired to produce a number of products saying; “…the objective of the training was to skill the youth now we can make various products ranging from liquid and bar soap, Vaseline, reusable sanitary pads and we are ready to begin production in the shortest time possible.”
In an event to sustain viability and productivity of the trainees plans are underway to in the nearby future transform the different groups into Saccos and leaders of the groups further trained by MTAC to boost their capacity to manage the members and the pattern of production among other administrative skills.
Dr Benjamin Alipanga, son of the soil cum lecturer at Makerere University who lobbied for the training from Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) conveyed his commitment to transforming the lives of the trainees and communities they hail from.
“I intend to follow up with those who have been trained and form them into groups am foreseeing turning them into Saccos so that it’s easier for me to follow them and as a group, they can lobby for funds,” Alipanga told DailyExpress.
The hands-on skills training was spot on for the teenage mothers and the school dropouts as hope for a better life was rekindled in them.
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