Sep 11 — 2 mins read

Tanyaradzwa Mutizwa

The Zimbabwe Youth Sustainable Development Goals together with Premium Access eLearning Solutions have successfully launched their partnership program.

Speaking during the virtual launch this afternoon, ZimYouth SDG executive director Mr Jasper Mangwana said the partnership is only just beginning and it will see more young people benefiting.

"This partnership is an agreement between ZimYouth SDG and Premium Access eLearning Solutions whereby we are going to equip 50 young people,5 from each province with basic entrepreneurship knowledge through an online course.This is the first of its kind and the young people will gain an internationally recognised certificate after the completion of the program,"said Mr Mangwana.

Speaking during the launch, International Labour Organisation Green Enterprise Project Manager Alice Vozza said private sector companies should adopt green technologies which will help in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Private sector play a crucial role in creating and promoting green businesses since 90 percent of the jobs come from the private sector,"she said.

Mrs Vozza said there is a great need for organisations to reduce the amount of emissions their businesses are emitting into the environment through adopting clean sources of power such as solar energy.

"A green entrepreneur identifies and solves problems by identifying and implementing sustainable changes for a profit,"said Mrs Vozza.

Mrs Vozza encouraged the youth entrepreneurs to tap into recycling industry.

"There are missed opportunities in our dumpsites in Zimbabwe.There are a lot of recyclable materials that can be sorted and used in making different things,"she said.

Mrs Vozza emphasised on the need for stakeholder involvement in issues to do with the environment like pollution and waste management.

Sibongile Sibanda Project Manager for Fine Touch encouraged the young people to be able to take up responsibility.

"Being an entrepreneur means taking responsibility beyond making money. Entrepreneurship is about seeing what is ahead and confidence and innovation is key,"she said.

Mrs Sibanda said funding should not limit entrepreneurs,money follows good ideas.

JIC International President Mr Itai Manyere who was also a panelist said the young people have a crucial role in the attainment of SDGs and there will only be attained through action on the ground.

"Utilise all the opportunities on the ground and let us be able to tap into the wealth of knowledge and build resilient businesses,"he said.