Government through the
Speaking during the signing ceremony at Capital Hill in
"Of this amount,
He said out of
The project will among other things increase access to education at tertiary level, market relevance, and results orientation of supported skills development institutions in their priority areas.
Gondwe said the institutions to benefit from the project include the Malawi Polytechnic,
"Some activities to be carried out in the project at these institutions shall include Open Distance Learning (ODL) for secondary school teachers, increase access to science teacher education and enhance capacity for science education delivery, increase access, market relevance and gender responsiveness of programs, improve capacity for quality assurance in the TEVET system and assist in increasing enrolment of students for mining engineering, metallurgy, mineral processing and geological processing courses at Malawi Polytechnic," said Gondwe.
He said in the MASAF IV project, the financial support will help to improve key safety net programs in the country which include Cash for Productive Community Public Works through the MASAF Social Cash Transfer, Livelihoods and
He said the project has three components which include Productive Safety Nets,
The Minister said under the Safety Nets Program which is the main component of the project, the project will finance cash transfers through labour intensive programs in areas of productive community driven public works, livelihood and skills development interventions for poor households and social cash transfers for the most vulnerable and labour constrained including the elderly, disabled and sick.
"These interventions are very important considering the poverty levels in the country and the high number of vulnerable groups in the country," he said adding that these activities will help to empower vulnerable people by engaging themselves in some economic activity aimed at reducing their poverty," said Gondwe.
He further said MASAF IV will be earmarked for eligible community driven projects, ranging from water supply and irrigation, bridges, storage facilities for maize and other grains, maize mills, oil mills, afforestation, nurseries for seedling cultivation, soil and water conservation dams, solar stoves, fish ponds, solar panels, mobile bicycle ambulances and health facilities.
Gondwe said that the MASAF IV will benefit about 752, 960 poor households through cash transfers for productive community driven public works, social cash transfers and livelihood support in a period of four years.
World Bank Country Manager
She said the latest data shows that around 90 percent of
"We hope that the skills development project will make a tangible difference to thousands of young people in
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