NICE Equips Youths with Basic Digital Skills in Salima
National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) through the Digital Outreach program has empowered youths in Salima with basic digital skills in order to enable them to take part in the democratic processes in the country.
Speaking during the graduation of the students, Member of Parliament for Salima Central Constituency, Gerald Kapiseni Phiri, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony, said the world is a global village with technology.
He said as a result people in the world easily engage through the internet where they easily access and share information on various issues happening around the world, hence the need for the youths to be equipped with digital skills.
“I am very happy that the youths have been equipped with these skills and now they are computer literate, which is a much-needed skill in the digitalized world where people interact through advanced technology," he said.
He added: "The skills will enable them to take part in different developmental activities and broaden their opportunities."
Regional Civic Education Officer for the centre Enock Chinkhuntha said access to information is very vital for the consolidation of democracy hence their office imparting the knowledge to the youths in the district.
“The youths make up a larger component of the population in Malawi, hence the need to empower them by giving them the pre-requisite skills and knowledge in the technological dimension.
"Technological skills will enable them access, discuss, and share information on different developmental aspects in the country such as human rights among other things," he said.
Chinkhuntha further made a plea to the MP to help advance the course once presented in parliament, so that they have enough funding which in turn will help the program to be more sustainable and also be introduced in other districts.
One of the graduates, Luka Mayaza, was very excited that he was among the students that have acquired the knowledge in basic computer skills.
He said the skill will help them in finding different opportunities and taking part in various developmental decisions.
In the Central Region the program is enrolled in three districts and since 2014 has managed to train 220 females and 310 males in Salima.
Written By Florence Cheyo-MANA