Twenty-four juveniles at Mikuyu Rehabilitation Centre in Zomba were on Saturday last week awarded certificates after successfully completing vocational courses they had been studying since August.

The courses are part of the project which a local charitable organisation, Byounique Trust, is implementing at the centre.

Speaking during the presentation of certificates, Byounique Trust programme manager Anita Tiggelar underlined that they introduced vocational skills training at Mikuyu in October 2013.

“From the follow-up visits that we have been having, we received information that many boys are struggling to find work or start a business after leaving the place,”

She added that currently they are offering trainings in carpentry, tailoring, barber and sustainable agriculture.

Mikuyu, was once a notorious detention camp during Kamuzu Banda’s dictatorship and was turned into a museum in 1994 before it became a reformation centre in 2005. It now has almost 200 child offenders.

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