MALAWIAN youth are expected to benefit from the proposed 2018-2019 budget as government has introduced several youth development programs.
This was revealed yesterday as the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe, presented the 2018-19 national budget.
Gondwe pointed that the programs intend to reduce youth unemployment which is one of the challenges facing the young generation.
One of the projects is the youth internship program which has been allocated an amount of K4.8 Billion. He said the program aims to equip the youth with knowledge, skills and ethics as a way of nurturing them for a career in the Civil Service as well as in the Private Sector.
A total of 5000 youth aged between 18 and 30 will be selected for the program based on qualification and will be both college graduates and non-graduates.
They are expected to be placed in various Ministries, Departments and Local Councils.
In an attempt to fight against deforestation and climate change problems, the government has also introduced a youth tree planting program, where 10000 youth will be employed for definite periods in the year to take care of the trees.
The Minister articulated that areas will be identified where the trees will be planted and replanted.
“Additionally, an amount of K5 billion has been allocated for tree planting and care program in which about 10,000 young people will be employed. The Department of Forestry in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has already identified areas which require reforestation.
“These areas will include; road sides, forest reserves, river banks, bare mountain and other catchment areas. The identified areas, Mr. Speaker, Sir, will determine the types of trees to be planted, including fruit trees,” he said.
The youth tree planting program, which is expected to provide vegetative cover thereby reducing soil erosion, will run for the next three years to make sure the planted trees survive.
Government has also planned to recruit 10,500 primary school teachers, 500 secondary school teachers and 1,000 medical personnel in order to curb unemployment hitches in the country.