• November 29, 2022 6:25 pm

Government commits to address youths challenges

Sep 1, 2022


As five youth linked Cabinet Ministers discuss challenges

For the first time in the history of the country, five Cabinet Ministers linked to youth related issues, came together trying to find solutions to the challenges that are faced by the youths in the country.

The Ministers included Minister of Youth and Sports Honourable Richard Chimwendo Banda, for Health Honourable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, for Gender Honourable Patricia Kaliati, Education Honourable Agness Nyalonje and Labour Honourable Vera Kamtukule.

The five held a panel discussion on issues affecting Adolescents Young Girls and Women (AGYW) at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

The discussions encompassed issues concerning education, youth development  and health among others.

The panel discussion follows a morning session where various technocrats presented abstracts on issues affecting the AGYWs.

The Ministry of Youth set aside the 30th and 31st August 2022 for a National Symposium for Youth and AGYW.

Addressing the national symposium, Youth and Sports Minister Chimwendo Banda called for collaborative efforts in order to address the challenges of youths in the country.

Chimwendo Banda Malawi currently has 9 Million youths who if well managed they have the capacity to contribute to the development of the country.

“Government on its own cannot solve these challenges that is why we are calling on collaboration with international community such as Donors and NGOs,” said Chimwendo Banda.

Plan Malawi County Director Phoebe Kasoga commended Government for the symposium.

Kasoga said the issues to deal with youths are based on funding.

“Its true a lot of money are needed in order to address their challenges,” said Kasoga.

Earlier in the day the Minister inspected pavilions which the youths, including young women, mounted to showcase what they are doing in various economic platforms.

Presenting the State on the Nation in Parliament, President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera promised various programs and has since fulfilled his promised .

Among the programs he promised included the national youths services program.

“My Administration will begin implementing the National Youth Service I promised Malawians during the campaign with the purpose to foster civic engagement, national identity, skilling and job creation for the youth while using existing initiatives,” said the President.

Chakwera also promised to expand seven national Technical Colleges namely Soche, Nasawa, Lilongwe, Salima, Namitete, Mzuzu and Livingstonia.

The President also highlighted to strengthen collaboration with the European Union to enable Community Technical Colleges equip more youths with technical skills.

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