The Ministry of Gender is designing programmes that will help communities around the country generate huge profits when executed.
Deputy Minister of Gender Dorothy Kazunga said the Ministry will in future unpack programmes that would enable communities open up factories and big projects which will employ many people and generate a lot of income.
Ms. Kazunga says it was therefore important that young people in various communities of Zambia acquire skills that enable them manage huge projects in their areas.
She said government has money to empower people that have viable business ideas hence the need for people in different parts of the country to devise progressive and sustainable concepts.
Ms.Kazunga was speaking in Livingstone yesterday when she met 19 students that are sponsored by her ministry at the Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studies (LIBES).
She explained that the current small scale empowerment programmes will however continue under the Ministries of Youth and Sport and Community Development.
She has since urged students to work hard so that they can become entrepreneurs and employers after graduating.
Ms.Kazunga said skills which the students will acquire from LIBES will enable them open their own businesses instead of waiting to get a white collar job in the formal sector.
The Deputy Minister said the formal sector cannot assimilate everyone hence the need to promote skills that will encourage entrepreneurship.
“When you graduate, please keep in touch with the people from the Ministry so that they can link you to the market,” she said.
And LIBES Principal, Thomas Kalantiya commended the Ministry of Gender for giving vulnerable youths an opportunity to study at the institution.
Mr. Kalantiya said LIBES was ready to impart life skills in young people in order to make them self-reliant and employers in future.
He requested the Ministry of Gender to sponsor more students in order to empower many young people with various skills.
Meanwhile, one of the students sponsored by the Ministry of Gender, Munale Yusiku, said imparting knowledge and skill in young people was a developmental activity.
Yusiku, who comes from Shangombo district in Western province, said former students who were sponsored by the Ministry of Gender were already making an impact in different societies.
Currently, the Ministry of Gender is sponsoring 22 students, all from Western province, studying auto mechanics, food production and accounts.
Ms.Kazunga is in Western province to familiarise herself with the empowerment projects under her ministry.