Malawi: Chilima Assents to Youth Manifesto – Commits to Address Numerous Challenges Affecting Young Malawians

By (Wongani Chiuta)

UTM Party’s presidential torchbearer Saulos Chilima, who disclosed that he will also be minister responsible for the youth should he be voted into power on May 21, has appended his signature to the National Youth Manifesto to commit himself that he will address numerous challenges youths are facing in the country.

Chilima adopts Youth Manifesto and commits to uplifting youths

The youth movement which launched the 2019-2024 National Youth Manifesto-the first such strategic document ever in Malawi- had an audience with Chilima on Wednesday morning in Lilongwe.

Chilima was presented with the document which will be a catalyst for economic transformation in the country as it is tackling a number of issues such as the revising and redesigning of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (Yedef) while also looking on creation of 500 000 jobs for the youth each year.

Putting his signature on the document, Chilima said he was committing himself and the UTM to adopt issues in the manifesto considering that most of the issues in it are also within the UTM electoral pledges.

“Malawi youths deserve a better future. Tsogolo labwino, lowala with UTM,” he said.

Youth Decide team leader Charles Kajoloweka with Chilima presenting National Youth Manifesto

Youth Decide team leader Charles Kajoloweka, who is also outspoken Youth and Society (YAS) executive director, said the youth, who constitute about 50 percent of the country’s population, commended Chilima for making what he called a high-level political commitment saying it is a step ahead in trying to alleviate a number of challenges the youths are facing.

Some of the organisations which supported the formulation of the National Youth Manifesto are Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Osisa), Danish Church Aid (DCA), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the European Union, according to Kajoloweka.

The manifesto has 14 strategic points, with access to youth employment and vocational training being the first issue they want the next government to consider while agriculture and entrepreneurship come second.

A consortium comprising Youth Network and Counselling, M-Hub, Youth and Society, Young Politicians Society and other youth rights organisations will be monitoring its implementation.

Some points in the manifesto

1. Access to youth employment. 500 000 youths employed each year

2. No child should be learning under a tree by 2023

3. Scrapping off of quota system as a method for selecting students into university

4. Revise and redesign the Youth Enterprise Fund (Yedef)

5. Delink ACB from the Office if the President in terms of appointment of the director general.

Education: Dubai Cares and Deyaar partner to build community school in Malawi

By (Gavin David)

Dubai Cares and Deyaar, a Dubai-based property developer, have announced a partnership to improve access to education for children in the south-eastern African country of Malawi.

According to a report by WAM, the two sides signed an agreement that will see the developer work with Dubai Cares to build a community-based school in Malawi. Construction on the project is set to start in 2020, it added.

Deyaar has previously collaborated with Dubai Cares to build schools in Nepal and Senegal.

“We may be a UAE company, but we believe that our responsibility to do good and give back extends beyond the borders of our country,” said Saeed Al Qatami, CEO of Deyaar.

“Dubai Cares has provided us with several opportunities in recent years to make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of families in communities in need of support, and we are honoured to be able to make a positive impact on a Malawian community through this new project.”

As a UAE-based philanthropic organisation, Dubai Cares has played a key role in helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning by 2030, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education and vocational education and training for youths.

To date, the organisation has supported education programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros Islands, Colombia, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe

“We are excited to once again have Deyaar supporting our Adopt a School initiative. The ability to contribute towards changing children and young people’s lives requires collaborative efforts from across the community, and that is why we value the support of companies in the UAE, with Deyaar being one of the most prominent examples,” said Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares.

“I am also confident that this opportunity will offer Deyaar’s volunteers a unique insight into our programs in developing countries and the chance to leave a positive and meaningful impact on underprivileged communities,” he added.

Earlier this month, Deyaar announced its financial results for Q1 2019, ended March 31, 2019. It reported revenues of $47.8 million and a net profit of $4.98 million.

In a statement at the time, Deyaar said that the Q1 2019 revenues were consistent with Q1 2018, which was $48 million. Deyaar’s project pipeline includes several handovers in 2019.

Ideas Malawi young entrepreneurs summit Thursday at BICC

By (Chris Loka)

Malawi is Thursday hosting the first ever all-youth entrepreneurial summit whose purported goal is to bring together players in the industry to share experiences and discuss viable ideas that can help move the country forward.

Mwendo: An opportunity for young entrepreneurs to come together and push for policies that can allow them to flourish

Joshua Mwendo PR & Marketing Consultancy has partnered with Ideas Malawi for the summit which breathes to life from May 8 to 9 at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the capital Lilongwe.

The summit, which will run under the theme ‘Breaking Barriers’, will, among others, feature five talk sessions from entrepreneurs.

“It will also be spiced performances and creative exhibitions from existing enterprises being run by the youths apart from being graced by industry leaders and experts that have made it,” said Mwendo, PR & Marketing Consultancy managing director.

According to Mwendo, the summit will be an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to come together and push for policies that can allow them to flourish and grow their businesses.

He said in an interview with Nyasa Times on Tuesday that much as it was possible for one to do things on their own, it was imperative for young people to come together and discuss entrepreneurship for posterity.

“As a young entrepreneur myself, I am certain this will be a great opportunity to connect with fellows and numerous business associates,” he said.

Organizers of the event, Ideas Malawi, a firm geared at enhancing opportunities for the youths has pledged its support to the existing business structures by promoting youth in the business sector with mentorship and starter-up capital.

Malawi: DPP youths donate towards mothers at Mitundu Hospital

By (Alfred Chauwa)

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) inter- college youth wing has donated assorted items worth K400 000 to 53 postnatal mothers at Mitundu Community Hospital in the capital Lilongwe.

The DPP college youth cheering the mothers

Among others, the youths donated such items as soap, cooking oil and packets of sugar.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, DPP central region colleges youth director, Tennessee Chirambo, said: “We observed that our mothers in this hospital were lacking so many things after a needs assessment and we decided to come in and help.”

He added: “As responsible youths in this country we feel it is our responsibility to take part in contributing towards the development of this nation.”

According to Chirambo, they would soon be doing the same to Lumbadzi and Kawale hospitals.

Mitundu Community Hospital matron, Hanifa Likaka, said the donation had come at a right time.

“It will ease most of the problems these women are facing on day-to-day basis,” said Likaka.

Mitundu hospital is located in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiseka in Lilongwe district and delivers about 15 to 20 women per day.

Malawi: Youths encouraged to venture into business


Blantyre Hub under a program called upgrade yourself recently organised a function oriented towards motivating youths to venture into business.

Motivators included Gift Sukali, Chimwemwe Manyozo, Charles Lipenga, Tendai Banda, Tendai Munemo and Ulala Kondowe.

Sukali, the ward winning video director popularly known as Sukez, told the youths to develop a business mindset for a better future.

The video editor who owns HD Plus Creations said many youths in the country have potential of doing business but what they need is direction and they do not know how to use their money wisely.

“Others have graduated in various colleges but they are failing to utilize skills they acquired there, so I shared them about how I ventured into entrepreneurship, my journey to becoming an award winning video director and how I ditched my degree to start a business,” he said.

He added: “In life, there are a lot of ups and downs which one goes through to reach his or her potential. My journey was not smooth as I faced a lot of challenges but I always believe that if you have an ambition you end up reaching it.”

When asked about his plans this year he said: “I am interested with the trending film, The boy who harnessed the wind, I wonder what if that film was produced by Malawians. In short, anytime I will venture into the film industry,” he said.

Manyozo who was one the organisers said they decided to organize the talk after observing that many youths in the country have the ability to progress in terms of entrepreneurship but they lack direction.

He disclosed that they will organise a function of the same nature in the northern city of Mzuzu, given the positive feedback they have received from the Blantyre event.

Malawi: YouthDecide 2019 takes youth manifesto to Chitipa, Rumphi

By Nyasa Times Reporter

YouthDecide 2019, a campaign whose chief aim is to make sure the interests of the youth are incorporated in politicians’ and political parties manifestos prior and after the forthcoming May 21 tripartite polls, has launched a deliberate strategy to make sure that it reaches out to as many youths as possible across the country.

The youth manifesto document was launched early this year at Crossroads Hotel in the capital Lilongwe, and some of its critical points in the document include calling for the abolishment of the quota system, increase selection of students to institutions of higher learning by 25 percent in the first year of the would-be government and the maximum protection of persons with albinism.

According to YouthDecide campaign national coordinator, Daliso Magelegele, they made all presidential candidates sign the document so they could be held accountable should they fail to live up to their promises.

Said Magelegele: “The document will act as evidence on our part, and it will be easy for us to take them to task. Politicians have taken us, the youths, for granted because we have not been serious with them.

“Therefore, we want the youths themselves, who are the biggest chunk of the population, to take a leading role in holding these politicians responsible. It will be up to them to them to decide how to deal with them.”

In Chitipa and Rumphi, where hundreds attended the launches, there was great excitement about the idea of the youth manifesto not just amongst the youth but also the elderly.

“I was just moving like a passerby but when I heard the message from the speakers, I decided to stop and listen. Because I have children who are in their twenties who are uncertain of their futures.

“They are not here, but once I get home, I will make sure they hear the message this campaign is propagating. They are actually victims of the quota system, and I am sure they will support the campaign,” said Julius Msowoya, 64.

And, speaking to crowds that gathered at Rumphi Boma, Magelegele wooed the youths to be proactive in deciding their fates.

“It is our Malawi, and we should not just–as youths–be used as perpetrators of violence by politicians. Let us stand up and decide our futures. Let us decide what kind of Malawi we want to live in,” he said.

Former chairperson of the Chitipa Civil Society Network, Sydney Simwaka, hailed YouthDecide for the initiative saying it is timely.

“At the peak of the electoral period right now, it is imperative that YouthDecide is engaging the youths constructively. And, I am happy they are seriously condemning violence strongly,” said Simwaka.

According to Magelegele, they are set to launch the youth manifesto to several other districts in the country before the May 21 polls.

Source Nyasa Times

Malawi: NGO’s Promotes Youth Friendly Health Services

By Daniel Namwini

Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the country have urged youth to go and access youth friendly health services in their nearby hospitals for them to live healthy lives.

Sexual reproductive health rights Africa Trust (SAT) and Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA) said this recently during interface meeting on “My health, my right” at Bwaila secondary school in Lilongwe.

In an interview, Youth Hub Coordinator for SAT, Linly Dumuka said most youths in the country they do not know where they can access their friendly health services due to lack of civic education.

“We are encouraging these youths more especially teenagers to meet with medical specialist in various health centres so that they can access sexual reproductive health rights services for them to leave healthy lives,” she said.

She added that they are trying to encourage the youth to access friendly services through the formation of youth clubs, as a platform for sharing information and knowledge on sexual reproductive health rights related issues.

Therefore, she said the organisations are mobilizing teenagers to appreciate the challenges they face and how they can overcome them through youth friendly services.

“We want to ensure that youths are enjoying positive health living through access to youth friendly health services in the health centres. One of the key areas is to encourage them to access sexual reproductive health rights services,” she added.

National Coordinator for Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA), Mphatso Baluwa concurred with Dumuka saying youth friendly services has reduced some challenges the youth were facing.

“Most of HIV positive teenagers were walking long distances to access ART. At times, they also missed normal clinic services because they were afraid of being mocked by other people,” she said.

Ebenezer Mapemba, 18, who is a MAGGA youth leader said youth friendly services has helped them to bring together many youths are now conversant with HIV and AIDS programs and sexual reproductive health issues.

“The coming of youth friendly services has helped us to access good and quality health services at the health centres. We are also benefiting from the civic education on HIV and AIDS is also helping us to fight against the disease in our societies through using of condoms,” she said.

Source Mana Online

Malawi: Mia trains 60 youths in various courses

By Martha Chikoti

Sixty youths from Chikwawa district have graduated after undergoing free trainings offered by Malawi Congress Party aspirant Abida Mia.

The students were trained in catering, tailoring, and driving.

youthMia who is contesting in Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency on Malawi Congress Party ticket held a ceremony for the graduates at Ngabu post office ground.

In her remarks, Mia urged companies and other stakeholders to employ the students saying they are well trained and have police records which show that they are clean.

The aspirant who is also wife of Malawi Congress Party Vice president Sidik Mia added that if youths continues to acquire such trainings it will create more job opportunities to others.

“It is in MCP’s mandate to remember youths in its servant leadership. This is strategy for betterment of the country and reduce poverty,” she explained.

One of the students that attended the training Stanley Fungulani said the training has enabled him to secure a job and become independent.

Fungulani thanked the shadow MP for the training and asked her to continue even if she wins the elections.

Many youths that have been trained in catering, tailoring and driving had Malawi School Certificate Examination MSCE but didn’t proceed with their studies due to lack of tuition fee.

Mia gave the new tailors sewing machines and other materials.Most of the students that did catering are currently working in different restaurants while those that did driving have been promised licences.

Mia has also promised to enroll 70 other students in her constituency to receive the same training. The students trained for almost 6 weeks.

Source Malawi24

Malawi: 90 youths to benefit from Tay Grin’s driving school

By Martha Chikoti

Democratic Progressive Party aspirant for Lilongwe City Centre Tay Grin says 90 youths will benefit in the first phase of the driving school initiative.

Tay Grin whose real name is Limbani Kalilani launched the free driving school over the weekend at Njanje Ground in Area 25 in the constituency.

Kalilani said he believes that the driving school will enable the youths to concentrate and build their future.

He also expressed hope that the training will reduce some of the challenges youths in the constituency are facing.

“I promised people in this constituency that I will launch this driving school and now I have put my words into action, in the first phase we will recruit 90 people who will be grouped in 4 which means that we will be training 15 people only at a time,” he explained.

In his remarks, Central Region Vice President for the DPP Uladi Mussa asked people in the constituency to vote for Peter Mutharika in the May elections and Kalirani as Member of Parliament.

He reminded the people about the developmental projects which the party has brought in this country such as roads, stadiums and hospitals.

Speaking at the rally, senior Group Fumbwe asked the party to consider constructing a school at area 5 saying pupils walk distance to access education.

In his response, Senior District Governor Mussa Saidi pledged that the ruling party will make sure to do all it can because they put the needs of people at heart.

Lilongwe City Centre Constituency has six wards with 14 candidates who are contesting on the position of Member of Parliament.

Source Malawi24

Malawi: DPP aspirant pledges support for youths

By Martha Chikoti

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aspirant for Lilongwe City South West has pledged to support women and youths once elected as a Member of Parliament for the constituency.

The aspirant, Scholastica Chidyaonga, said this at a rally on Sunday held at Sese Ground in the constituency.

She said she wants to change the lives of women by introducing small scale businesses so that they can be independent.

“I know that that our children here walk a long distance to go to school due to shortage of schools and this will be my first thing to bring once elected and not forgetting a Health Centre to curb the problems of inadequate of health facilities,”

Chidyaonga explained.She then urged people who gathered at the place to elect her as legislator and DPP leader Peter Mutharika as president so that the party should continue developing this country.

On Saturday, the party also conducted a rally at Chinsapo at Chisomo Ground aimed at encouraging people to vote for the party come May 21.

Speaking at the occasion, Lilongwe City West aspirant Aggrey Masi said that under the leadership of Democratic Progressive Party he has managed to bring developmental projects such as electricity, tarmac roads and concrete bridges and urged people to re-elect him.

Source Malawi24