Unlocking youth potential is largely determined first by the ability of young people to attain relevant socio-economic skills and education, then second, by a successful transition from learning systems to work. In order for youth to transition successfully, key system actors i.e. government institutions, employers, civil society, community groups and individuals need to facilitate youth with labor market responsive skills that enable young people to realise their aspirations, assuming their economic independence and finding their place in society.
The Third National Five-Year Development Plan 2021/22 – 2025/26, features a skills development policy thrust, through interventions that address the problem of low “soft skills” (knowledge, creativity, persistence, self-drive, attitude, among other attributes) and mismatch between the skills demanded by employers and those imparted by the education and training institutions on job seekers.
This has been reiterated by the 6th President of Tanzania, Her Honorable Samia Hassan Suluhu. During her inaugural address to the parliament, she mentioned that, “The education system should be designed to impart enhanced skills to learners”
With regards to the challenging need for employable skills, IYF in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, launched Via: Pathways to Work or Via: Jiandalie Ajira in October 2015. The Via: Jiandalie Ajira initiative employed a systems approach to support the national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and entrepreneurship systems to be more responsive to the needs of youth and the labour market. Read more on the new Via: Pathways to work policy brief launched during closing event of the program in Tanzania. Via TZ Policy Brief 2021