STEP goes a step higher with project kick-start in Lesotho!
November 4, 2016
Thursday, 03rd, November, 2016, witnessed yet another celebration where 45 STEP (Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion) students were awarded certificates of attendance to the programme.
STEP trainees during the Business Plan Writing Session
This time around the STEP training came under the auspices of the partnership between the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO (LNCU) and the Maluti Mountain Brewery (MMB) Kick-Start Project. STEP training is an entrepreneurial programme implemented in Lesotho by Leauphana University with support from the German Commission for UNESCO (DUK). The programme aims at changing the mindset of the youth from being job – seekers to becoming job creators. This intensive module course took place at the LNCU from 17th October to 02nd November, 2016. Fourty five Basotho youth participated in the training whose end result is the write up of viable business plans that would compete for funding from Maluti Mountain Brewery for funding before the end of the year.
One of the recipients of the training shaking hands with the Secretary General
Kick start is Youth Empowerment Program for Maluti Mountain. It is aimed at supporting young people who have good business ideas with the much needed financial resources to either start or improve their small businesses.
Group picture of the STEP Trainees
In his opening remarks of the ceremony, the Chief Executive of MMB, Mr. Tom Mpeli indicated that the project provides capital injection of a maximum of M100, 000 to youth companies that have good business ideas that have a potential to grow and employ other people. He further asserted that Kick- Start is a youth empowerment programme from MMB under the sustainable development goals. “For MMB, sustainable development is integral to the success of the local operations and of the global business, helping to create jobs and wealth in the communities”.
On her part, the Secretary General of the LNCU, Ms. Palesa Montši expressed her gratitude to her partners as they were marking yet another milestone by addressing the issue of high youth unemployment rate in Lesotho. She noted that with their hands tight together they remained optimistic that the desire to address the issue in question in Lesotho shall be achieved with high success through both STEP and Kick-Start projects.
The ceremony was graced with the presence of the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sports and Recreation- Mrs. ‘Malerato Khoeli. In her key-note Speech, she particularly applauded the trainees for “having gone through a well packaged STEP training.” She further acknowledged that STEP is a programme that can turn the Lesotho’s economy in to fortune if it could be supported by the private sector.