Our lead story yesterday was about the government borrowing $120 million (about Sh270 billion) from the World Bank Group to be spent on youth development.
More specifically, the funds will be used in honing the skills of Tanzania’s teeming youths in assorted vocational fields.
According to the deputy permanent secretary at the ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Prof James Mdoe, the target beneficiaries of the scheme will be youths in colleges at lower levels, as well as youths who have already undergone short vocational training courses.
The scheme is part of the industrialisation agenda of the fifth-phase government of President John Magufuli – in the highest office in the land since November 5, 2015 – to drive Tanzania to a semi-industrialised, middle-income economy alongside the country’s National Development Vision 2025 and associated five-year development plans.
Tanzania is today home to a 26.3 million-strong workforce, an average 13.70 per cent of them youths between childhood and adult age.
Numbers of the latter are growing with the passage of time, whereby some 800,000 youth are spewed onto the labour market annually from assorted academic and vocational institutions.
Egged on by private sector activists and other well-wishers of Tanzanians’ welfare, the government unhesitatingly turned to the World Bank, which routinely supports Tanzania’s growth through policy analyses, grants and credits.
And the World Bank just as soon responded, disbursing $120 million in credit for a well-thought out human resource project.
In the event, a five-year crosscutting programme, dubbed “Education and Skills for Productive Jobs” is already under way. It takes into account a broad spectrum of interests that include investors’ needs for an appropriately-skilled, functional human resource.
We at The Citizen know a good thing when we see it – and, to all that, we heartily say keep up the good work well into the future.