From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 400 000 unemployed youths have benefitted from a youth empowerment club launched by the country’s leading mobile operator, Econet Wireless.
A further 25 000 jobs for young people are set to be created in the coming year under the Elevate Virtual Agent Programme (EVAP).
Econet chief operating officer (COO), Fayaz King, disclosed the figures at the launch of the scheme in the capital Harare.
“As corporate citizens, we need to be intentional about youth employment creation and empowerment through innovative job skills training initiatives and mentorship programmes aimed at nurturing and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth,” King said.
Zimbabweans aged between 16 and 34 are eligible for the initiative introduced in June.
Members can earn up to US$600 per month.
Econet has some 10 million subscribers, most of whom are youths.
Zimbabwe is enduring economic problems marked by unemployment estimated at 90 percent.
– CAJ News