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UNDP Eswatini Acting Resident Representative Dr Gita Welch applauds MTN for supporting Youth Empowerment Programme,says collaboration in line with King’s call to capacitate youth with skills.

Friday, 1st March, 2024

MBABANE:Dr Gita Welch, the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) Eswatini Acting Resident Representative,has applauded MTN Eswatini for supporting the ongoing Youth Empowerment Programme that seeks to capacitate the youth with skills and create jobs.

The Acting Resident Representative was speaking at the UN House in Mbabane on Thursday when accepting a donation amounting to One hundred and Sixty Thousand Rands(R160,000.00) from the giant mobile company, she noted that,the collaboration was in line with King Mswati’s call to capacitate the youth with skills. 

“The rollout of the youth programme started in 2023 and over 1 300 young unemployed people without tertiary education from the country’s four regions applied to be trained in six trade skills. The programme was able to only train 360 last year, leaving many applicants who are still in need of gaining these skills. It is for that reason that we’re especially grateful to MTN for identifying this area to invest in. This is a direct response to His Majesty’s call in his Speech from the Throne where he called for ensuring that youth are given the appropriate skills that will empower them in economic growth initiatives at all levels”,said the Acting Resident Representative.

On another note, the donation was handed over by MTN Eswatini Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Wandile Mtshali.

The giant mobile company, through MTN Foundation has implemented various Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) projects including support in eradicating Gender Based Violence(GBV), education including support for the Small and Medium Enterprise(SMEs).

UNDP Eswatini Acting Resident Representative Dr Gita Welch applauds MTN for supporting Youth Empowerment Programme,says collaboration in line with King’s call to capacitate youth with skills.
UNDP Eswatini Acting Resident Representative Dr Gita Welch with MTN Eswatini CEO Wandile Mtshali.