Rumphi youths hone digital and entrepreneurship skills under the ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ Initiative

Tembo (second left), Munthali, and the graduates pose for a photo during the graduation ceremony

Rumphi District Council has hailed the ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ Digital Skills Development and Innovation Training Initiative for equipping the youths in the district with the requisite digital and entrepreneurship skills.

The ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ Initiative is one of the flagship initiatives being implemented d by the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) under the Digital Malawi Project (DIGMAP) with funding from the World Bank through grants to Computer Clinic and other nine technology (tech) hubs.

The initiative seeks to tackle Malawi’s digital literacy and advanced ICT skills gaps; strengthen the digital innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem; and advance job creation, entrepreneurship, and creativity, particularly for the youth.

Speaking on Friday during the graduation of eighty-eight (88) youths who underwent training sessions in basic principles of digital skills such as graphics design, Microsoft packages, etc., and entrepreneurship organized by Computer Clinic under the ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ Initiative, Rumphi District Council Human Resource Development Officer Edgar Tembo said the training will empower youths in the district to be self-reliant.

He said: “The training is very vital to the youths as it will empower them to be self-reliant. Certainly, the acquisition of the requisite digital and entrepreneurship skills by the graduates will eventually give birth to various businesses that will employ other people, contributing to the socio-economic development of the district.”

Tembo then urged the graduates to use the knowledge and skills gained wisely to reduce the crimes related to the use of technology.

Computer Clinic Communications Officer Hazviperi Mbizi said the training sought to equip the youth with digital and entrepreneurship skills, thus motivating them to start their businesses and be able to employ other people.

“We want to empower the graduates so that they should be able to start their businesses; they should be able to employ other people and in so doing, it will improve their day-to-day lives and the country as a whole,” said Mbizi.

Rumphi District Youth Officer Ipyana Munthali emphasized the significance of the ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ Initiative to the realization of the aspirations of the Malawi 2063 and the National Youth Policy such as building human capacity, enhancing youth employment, and promoting digital and entrepreneurship skills.

One of the graduates, Prince Jere said the training has instilled in him applaudable business ideas such that he will start ICT-related businesses to improve his standard of living.

Apart from Rumphi District, Computer Clinic under the ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ initiative has also managed to train over 950 youth and women in digital and entrepreneurship skills in districts of Ntcheu, Salima, Ntchisi, Dowa, and Lilongwe.