In an effort to tackle growing unemployment among graduate youth, the government of Botswana has taken a decision to introduce a new scheme targeting graduate youth who are unemployed, Botswana’s ministry of youth said Tuesday. Unemployment
The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture said in a statement the Graduate Volunteer Scheme (GVS) is being introduced to attach young graduates in organizations that have opportunities for volunteer work.
“It is intended to facilitate skills development and transfer to young graduates, contribute to community development, promote the spirit of volunteerism, improve resilience of the graduate youth, and reduce idle time,” read part of the release. It further says the participants will not only contribute to community development initiatives but they will also improve their employment readiness through on the job training and experience.
It said emphasis will be on placement in the rural districts where there is need for service. “This is intended to improve service delivery in rural areas by engaging young people in extension work,” it read.
Participants will be placed in Government and Public Institutions, including the Disciplined Forces as a way to improve the reach of the disciplined forces to communities. Each participant will receive a meal allowance from government and certificate of completion when they leave the program.
The scheme is open to unemployed young people with graduate qualifications including degree holders. According to latest figures from Statistics Botswana released in February 2015, unemployment stood at 20 percent.
This marked an increase of 17.8 percent that was recorded in 2013, a trend that has worried the government. The government has in turn come up with several schemes to keep the unemployed, especially the youth out of the streets. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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