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Kikwete calls on UDSM to address joblessness among graduates

Monday December 07 2020
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Former President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete speaks during the launch of the Generation Empower (GenEm) project at the University of Dar es Salaam at the weekend. PHOTO|MICHEAL MATEMANGA

Dar es Salaam. Retired President Jakaya Kikwete called upon the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) at the weekend to find answers to the joblessness of graduates as he launched an empowerment project.

Known as ‘Generation Empower’ (GenEm), the programme is the brainchild of the UDSM in partnership with Empower Limited.

The 21st century GenEm is being facilitated by Empowers Youth Department in collaboration with UDSM’s Directorate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UDIEC).

The five-year partnership programme aims at preparing university graduates with necessary skills for the 21st century labour market.

“If we are to remain relevant, this university therefore, must answer to this crisis of our time of jobless graduates. I am delighted that the programme we are launching today is a step in that direction,” said Mr Kikwete who currently Chancellor of the UDSM.

He said the university must go further to see how it can do to help those who wish to go for self-employment.

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“We must ask ourselves a question, how helpful and useful our University can be to help them to create jobs for themselves and others? Answers to this question and that of employability, will make our University and degrees it offers, relevant,” said Mr Kikwete.

Founder and Managing Director of Empower Limited, Ms Miranda Naiman, said its work with Tanzanian Youth over the last 11 years is what had culminated in the partnership.

“GenEm will work in tandem with UDSM’s academic programmes to arm finalist students with relevant skills, industry exposure and connection to employment as they graduate,” she said.

The first cohort will comprise 270 students from various disciplines in the year long GenEm Programme to allow for a diverse and inclusive strategy for sustainable skills development.

GenEm participants will take part in interactive workshops, tutorials, fireside chats with industry leaders, culminating in a final group project.

UDSM and Empower Limited welcome participation in GenEm from all stakeholders including the private sector, policymakers and donor partners to catalyse efforts towards providing skills development through a public private partnership (PPP) model. This will be the first programme launched in Tanzania with this unique approach; aligning educational content of the University of Dar es salaam to industry requirements through customized modules developed and facilitated by Empower Limited, and validated by UDSM.

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