Internship Programme to Reduce Youth Exposure to Risky Behaviors

A Youth Organization in Machinga has applauded government for the internship program it has introduced, saying it would help to reduce exposure of the youth to risk behaviors.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Liwonde based Youth Impact Organization, Mwiza Muwalo said the move by government is a milestone as most youth lacks a platform to showcase their capabilities.

“We hear Companies and NGO’s when they are advertising for job, they need someone with hands on experience. So this will act as a platform for the graduates to gain experience,” he said.

The Officer added that most youth in the district indulge in risky behaviour such as drinking alcohol and early marriages due to lack of job despite having qualifications.

Muwalo said he believes that after the internship most of the youth will be employed as they will have required experience in various fields attached to.

“The issue of securing a job is a big issue but at least the lives of some youths in the district will be saved as they will be busy gaining experience in where ever department they have been attached to through the program,” he explained.

Muwalo asked government to consider permanently introducing the programme each year for more young people graduating from various colleges to be exposed to working conditions.

“I may say the programme is a good gesture to most youth but I would describe it as wrong timing. People would think that it has come because we are going towards elections. My plea to government is to make this program a continuous one so that it should keep on shaping all new graduates in the country,” he stated.

Muwalo appealed to government to consider introducing programs for the youth especially those who did not have access to go to colleges and university.

“These young people should also be empowered by providing them with small loans to start businesses so that they should also not indulge in risky behaviors,” he said.

Government has recruited 2,227 graduate interns to work in various District Councils, Ministries, Departments and Agencies’ in a bid to enable them gain experience.