Karonga, June 3: Simtech, an Information Communication Technology (ICT) organization in Malawi, says computer courses among the youths are key tools in the fight against unemployment in the country.
The organization, which started working in the country last year (2015), has trained over 48 youths in computer repairing and general computer knowledge in Mangochi, Chikwawa, Balaka and Mzuzu.
According to the Simtech Director, Moffat Matope, the organization wants to bring technology to every corner of Malawi, hence the training programs.
“We have had a lot of success registered in a short period of time. Not everyone can be selected to public university or afford the private institutions, hence computer trainings for the youths at an affordable fee of K45, 000,” he said.
Matope said ICT is an important tool of ending youths’ unemployment as it accords them chances of becoming self-reliant.
“The world is fast changing to becoming a technology based one. Countries have fast developed because of ICT and we also must put our efforts and investment in imparting in the youths ICT knowledge to develop our nation,” he added.
Matope, therefore, advised the youths to believe in themselves and their talent to take advantage of their opportunities. He said this would enable them make their own living by establishing their own businesses.
Simtech is currently training 12 youths in general computer knowledge and repairing in Karonga. The course will run for six weeks.
After the training, the organization will also award certificates of attendance and starter-pack materials which include a set of screw drivers.