By Orchestra Kamanga
As one way of imparting different skills and knowledge to the youth in the country, Nyabandwe based Organization Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) has embarked on a project of constructing a Vocational Training Centre in Lirangwe outskirt of Blantyre.
The project which was started last year will be completed in 2024 as it is the longest project for the organization.
In an interview, the organization’s Founder and Executive Director GodKnows Maseko said he decided to build the Centre to assist government to educate Malawians through vocational Centre saying all students cannot be selected to University and Colleges.
“The Vocational Training Centre will have a child Care Training Institution, Sports Development Centre, Child Conference Centre, IT Department, Library which will be funded by well-wishers,” he said.
Maseko also said the Centre will be open to all Malawians but the main beneficiaries are those from STEKA and 65 percent will not pay schools fees only 35 percent will pay.
On Challenges, he said in 2018 the organization had a problem like increased number of street kids and school drop out of children due lack of parental care. We had 60 children but the number has increased to 75 because most of parents did not take care of their children,” he said.
He said another challenge was finances which made them fail to support children at it fullest support.
But despite those challenges, the organization sent students to different colleges and universities such as KNC, Mulanje school of Nursing , BIU, Shareworld University, Queen Margret University in Scotland Beehive (IT) just to mention a few.
STEKA was started in August 2017 and it helps street kids and orphans.