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8. Youth skills training


Oblates of Mary Immaculate have invested intensively in the development of young people in society so that they are able to participate more meaningfully within the economy. Where youth feel marginalized and disenfranchised from the economy, it leads to the developmental of 'fatalistic' attitudes which breed depression, anger, frustration, and meaninglessness amongst youth.

In response to enabling youth to participate in the processes of production and industry, the Oblates have in the past run two Youth Development Centres in skills training for young women both in Zimbabwe (Lupane) and South Africa (Bergville).

These initiatives have enabled young women to develop their own entrepreneurial ventures in sewing, basic IT services, small retail shops, and the like. Some have entered into full-time employment as a result of training and development .

Youth Skills