MTN INJECTS E100 000 IN JA’S VOCATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
MTN Foundation Board Chairperson Busisiwe Simelane handing over the cheque to JA Eswatini Executive Director Siboniso Madlopha.

MTN INJECTS E100 000 IN JA’S VOCATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

MTN Eswatini through its corporate social investment wing , MTN Foundation has injected E100 000 to the MTN/JA Eswatini Entrepreneurship for Vocational Education program for the current financial year. As part of this initiative, a total of 50 students have been identified at Mpaka Vocational Education Skills Training Centre to participate in the program. The cheque handover was held on Monday at The George Hotel in Manzini. The primary objective of the project is to support vocational students acquire business management skills, additional to
their primary skills of trade.The participants will undergo a group session mentorship program for a period of six months. After successful immersion in the fundamentals of business, there will be a graduation ceremony to
mark successful completion of the program.Furthermore, MTN Foundation Board Chairperson Busisiwe Simelane announced that the best five students who will present successful business plans will be awarded seed capital worth E10 000 each. She said MTN Foundation understands that there are two primary objectives of vocational education training. The first, is to acquire vocational skills to be employable in a specific area of competence. Secondly, it is to equip students set up their own enterprises. “If you look at the current economic challenges,
one of them being the massive youth unemployment, it has become imperative for the country to come up with creative ways of getting young people engaged in creating their own employment, or self-employment. Our considered view is that the contribution we are making today places a block in this aspiration which has been tested in other countries,” she said. Additional to the students who will go through training, two teachers
from the vocational school have also been earmarked for training as facilitators. JA Eswatini Executive Director
Siboniso Madlopha dearly thanked MTN for investing in the program for the second time in a row. He further challenged the selected participants to work hard to prove that vocational education could go a long way to turn things around in the country like it did for other states like China. “Show the world and government that, if they can invest in this kind of education, we can be able to turn things around,” he said. Madlopha also reminded the participants that the intention of the seed capital is to help them to kick-off their businesses, not total
funding. “Its intention is to also teach you that the world out there is very competitive. So, this prepares you
to state a case that can win you funding anywhere else,” he said. Also present during the cheque handover were representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Eswatini National Youth Council (ENYC), Mpaka Vocational Education Skills Training Centre, and last year’s seed capital winners for the MTN/ JA Eswatini Entrepreneurship for Vocational Education program.

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