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Youths in Phalombe in clean-up exercise

Written by  Sam Majamanda
Youth cleaning up Phalombe Health Centre. Pic Sam Majamanda (Mana) Youth cleaning up Phalombe Health Centre. Pic Sam Majamanda (Mana)

Phalombe, March 12, 2019: Youth in Phalombe on Thursday were engaged in a clean-up exercise of public facilities as one way of setting the sanitation agenda in the country.


According to the group, the exercise came as a result of an agreement made between the National Youth Council of Malawi and the Department of Youth meant to ignite youth action in sanitation.


In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on the sidelines of the cleaning exercise, Chairperson for Phalombe District Youth Network, Wyson Luka said the activity would send an important message to the community about the capability of youths to participate in development.


“We are here to offer our hand of participation in all development endeavours of the government and her development partners. Through this voluntary activity, we would like to show that we understand our role in the development of the district council,” he said.


Among other things, the youth slashed, swept and mopped at government office buildings at the district council, health facilities as well as the district’s main market.


District Youth Officer (DYO) for Phalombe, Ian Sukali commended the youth for their commitment, which he said, was a necessary ingredient for development.


He said youth ought to come in the open and show their patriotism if they are to be recognized as a blessing to the nation and a key factor for development.


“We say our nation has a demographic gift because there are more youths who in other words are in the working ages than the elderly and children; but this gift cannot be fully appreciated if the youth do not play active roles in society,” Sukali added.


The clean-up exercise is expected to be taking place in the first week of March every year, according to DYO.


The activity conducted under the theme: ‘It’s our council, let us clean it,’ attracted youths from in and out of school youth clubs, faith based youth groups as well as working youths.


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