According to Plan International, youth unemployment is a global issue that has manifested itself in the following stark realities;
628 million young people ages 15–24 years old are not in education, employment or training.75 million young people are trained but have no jobs.
In the next decade, one billion young people will enter the labour market, and a good number of them will face a future of irregular and informal employment.
Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at University of Dodoma (UDOM) Dr Goodiel Moshi has appealed to the government to utilize the country’s young innovators to address unemployment crisis in the country.
Dr Moshi issued the appeal here early this week in his opening speech of the meeting of young innovators and entrepreneurs exhibition organised by Capital Space Centre.
He said the government was supposed to empower the young innovators in order for them have the ability to produce goods for their communities’ needs
“Our young innovators and other entrepreneurs you are supposed to think of goods that aim the markets in your communities – food vendors, farmers and other groups,” he said.
He added: “It is a problem for us all to see how we can help our innovators to make such goods,”
Capital Space executive officer and its creator Abdallah Mbwana said the aim was to empower the youth to solve the existing problems in the community using their innovation.
He said up to now they established various programmes to reach out to young innovators and other entrepreneurs using the knowledge they possess so as to solve challenges in their areas.
Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) resident director Joseph Manirakiza said the aim of the meeting was to discuss on how to use technology for the innovation of products that would solve various challenges in the society.
He said the challenges include those in the education sector and provision of water supply in the country’s various areas.
“As an institution we have already been empowering the communities in various areas including education and water provision in particular the creation of the prepaid water service and making follow-ups on pregnant women,” he said.