DAILY NEWS Reporter,
A TOTAL of 30 young people from various universities in Tanzania have started a seven week entrepreneurship training in Dar es Salaam.
It is being implemented here for the last two consecutive years in partnership with the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC). Opening the training yesterday, the NEEC Executive Secretary, Ms Beng’i Issa, called upon all youths selected to participate in the program to make most of it by working hard on their business ideas.
“We have to promote self employment programmes where youths with entrepreneurial talent are encouraged to establish and run businesses to solve employment challenges,” she said during the launching of the program taking place at the University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC).
The students come from the University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi University and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
To become a winner, a youth must spend the entire training period and come up with a promising community projects that are viable and best in solving community challenges. The three tracks for competition are off grid energy, manufacturing and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
After passing through rounds of screening, judging and pitching, best projects will receive capital grants. The DCI President, Matthew Hopgood, said entrepreneurship programs were central to solve employment challenges facing all countries in the world.
“Through such training, young people can employ themselves and create opportunities for others,” he said. One of beneficiaries of the program, Mr. Ahad Katera, said the training he got in 2014 has helped him start his own business. “We are now producing Hakika organic fertilizer,” he said, urging others to work hard and smart to achieve their dreams.
The situation of employment remains one of the key challenges in Tanzania.
According to 2011 estimates, the new entrants in the labour market range from 800,000 to 1,000,000 school graduates per year who compete for less than 60,000 available employment positions in the public sector and 300,000 in the private sector.
Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) is an entirely student-led organisation, currently operating with a branch at Cambridge University (CDI UK), and another in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CDI Tanzania).