13 March 2023
Local vocational graduates to assist in insurgency-related reconstruction drive
Fifty graduates from Namanhumbir Vocational Training Centre (VTC) will support the effort to rebuild two of the areas worst-hit by the recent violence in Cabo Delgado province.
Graduates from the MRM-funded Vocational Training Centre – which serves the Namanhumbir Administrative Post of the Montepuez district – were selected by a private contractor to help with the reconstruction of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia, the two areas worst affected by the violence that has been ongoing in Cabo Delgado since 2017.
The group of 50 local graduates selected to take part were trained in plumbing and electrical work at the VTC, making them ideal candidates to help with the project. They hail from different villages throughout Namanhumbir, neighbouring areas and Pemba, and all received their education free of charge, thanks to MRM, who has committed to paying all the training and operational costs of the VTC as part of their drive to contribute positively to lives and livelihoods in local communities close to the mining concession.
The reconstruction of these two districts is a high priority – following over five years of insurgency – and represents for many of these young trainees the first opportunity for formal employment, applying the skills learned and honed at the VTC. The 12-month work contract in Palma and Mocimboa da Praia begins this month.
Reflecting on the opportunity to participate in the reconstruction effort, one graduate electrician says: “MRM has given me a profession that allows me to serve the country on such a noble mission. The Namanhumbir Vocational Training Centre was an opening for success in life.” Another trainee adds: “My goal is to gain experience from this opportunity that will open other doors.”
MRM’s commitment to vocational training in Namanhumbir began in 2018, when it entered into a partnership with the government of Mozambique. It then spent USD 1.8 million building the Vocational Training Centre, with the capacity to equip a total of 2,100 young people with vital technical skills.