Select your language

Vocational training in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe the erstwhile promising economy has, in a few decades, deteriorated drastically. One of the consequences is that many youth have had little or no education. There is much unemployment. Especially children from rural areas, orphans, children unable to got to school due to poverty, and those who have ended as street kids fall victim to this. Youngsters who have had an education want to go to college, and at least land an office job where one doesn't have to get dirty hands. It's a matter of status. A pity, as there is a shortage of skilled craftsmen. Young Africa, a development ngo set up by some Dutch people, is trying to fill this gap by setting up vocational training centres. The number of girls choosing traditonal male professions is striking.