She was speaking during the CIT 20th anniversary ceremony held in Dodoma over the weekend. The ceremony was themed: “Invest on youth for sustainable economic development”.
Ikupa noted that CTI has been in the forefront to assist Tanzanian youth by equipping them with useful life skills that assists them to establish small businesses. She said the skills, if utilized in a more meaningful manner may help improve youth’s welfare.
“This is one of the organization that supports the government efforts towards empowering youth with various life skills for their personal and national development”, said the Deputy Minister.
She challenged youth to change their mindset and start utilizing the acquired skills to establishing businesses. She added that venturing into entrepreneurship may change their livelihood.
Ikupa urged youth to apply for loans from municipal councils to be able start theor own businesses. She said the government through districts has been setting aside funds specifically for youth and women.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister called upon the community to report to relevant authorities any incidents of child violence. She said children deserve to be loved and protected against all sorts of violence.
“Child violence cases should be reported to social welfare officers scattered at every district across the country as well as the gender desks at our police stations”, she said.
Earlier, CIT national director, Agness Stanley Hotay promised to continue working with the government in ensuring a safe living environment for children as well as supporting youth with vocational skills.
According to Hotay, CIT gears at finding development solutions for the youth and impart in them the life skills which will change their mindset towards employment.
“We want to build an independent generation of youth who can work for themselves”, she said.
(CIT) is part of Compassion International, a church based organisation which assist children from poor families through sponsorship.
The organisation which was founded in the country in 1999 operates in 19 regions namely, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma, Manyara, Pwani, Morogoro, Iringa, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Singida, Shinyanga, Mwanza, Mara, Tabora, Lindi, Geita, Mtwara, Simiyu and Kagera.