Supporting different apprenticeships in Tanzania
SIKONGE, Tanzania – Apprenticeships provide youths with the skills training needed for jobs in demand in their communities. They also help prevent youths from falling into or going back to child labour.
In December 2016, a tailoring training was started for teenagers ages 15 to 17 years old in the Sikonge District (Western Tanzania). The project provides each apprentice with an essential training kit that includes a sewing machine, two pairs of scissors, pieces of fabric, measuring tape and thread. For 6 months, 5 girls were trained 5 evenings a week to produce clothes such as shirts, skirts, trousers and gowns that they could then sell. The initial apprentices are now self-employed, having decided to form a sewing group which received its own sewing machine from the project. 6 new girls are now being trained in sewing.
In Makazi village, 5 youths are training in carpentry this year, with 5 more training next year. The training sessions are held at a carpenter’s workshop in the village, where ECLT has provided the project with the necessary training equipment. There, the trainees work to manufacture various furniture items such as chairs, tables, beds, windows and doors. They have already succeeded in doubling their initial capital through product sales.
Also in Makazi, 26 other youths are participating in the Model Farm School training, a theoretical and practical training that teaches participants about agriculture and animal husbandry. Participants are trained to produce both horticulture crops (melons, cucumber, onions and tomatoes) and seasonal crops (sunflowers and beans). Current participants decided to form a group and plant onions, tomatoes, and Amaranthus an Income Generating Activity (IGA). They sold their harvest at the market and used the money to buy seeds, sharing the balance. They are now meeting their daily needs with the income generated through sales.
Developing professional skills in one area can increase the potential for decent work opportunities; it can also have a leveraging effect, as trainees become trainers within their own communities, thereby stimulating sustainable development.
Other Achievements in the District
-3 women’s groups were trained in business skills and on VSLAs (Village Savings and Loan Associations).
-A literacy and numeracy class was held in Makazi village for women who lack skills in reading, counting and arithmetic.
-13 men also created a VSLA.
-60 children from vulnerable households were provided with scholarship kits comprised of school uniforms, a pair of shoes, socks, exercise books and school bags.
-Sports gear (for football, volleyball and netball) was provided for after-school programmes.
Water and Sanitation
-A well was drilled to provide clean, potable water to 350 households in Makazi Village.