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Youths encouraged to get affiliated to youth groups

Written by  Rose Mahorya
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Mzuzu, December 14, 2017: Youths belonging to various political parties in the country have been asked to affiliate themselves to youth groups in their communities if they are to benefit from leadership, good governance and empowerment trainings.

Board Member for National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust, Happy Makawa was speaking Wednesday during youth-leadership training on governance at Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu.

Makawa said it is hard for the trust to identify needs of the youth through political groupings as the trust works in partnership with youth organizations and clubs on various issues.

“Honestly, it is not easy to identify the youth through their political groupings, however, if they are members to youth organisations, it is very easy for us to reach them because we deal with youth organizations and clubs,” he said.

Makawa said the trust organized the training with the goal of increasing the number of young people participating in governance issues.

“The percentage of young people participating in good governance issues has not been encouraging. However, it is our hope that after this training, more youth will generate interest in the promotion of good governance at all levels,” he said.

Chairperson for Generation Leadership Initiative, Patricia Manyezo, one of the participants at the training said the training would help the young people to face challenges with positive minds.

“One of the reasons why most youth do not take part in good governance is lack of knowledge on issues to do with governance.

“For example, the youth have been good at pointing out faults of leaders without realizing that they are part of the problem solving team,” she said.

Nice Public Trust with funding from European Union has been conducting youth leadership trainings on governance in the country as part of their Chilungamo Program.

Besides encouraging communities to take part in community developments, the programme encourages the youth to have their voice heard.

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