Youth Empowerment Vital for National Development
Neno District Commissioner Hudson Kuphanga has said youth empowerment is vital if the country is to develop the Malawi 2063 Agenda.
He was speaking on Wednesday during a Stakeholders Consultative meeting on Youth and Sports development.
He said if the country is to develop, young people should not be left behind as envisioned in the Malawi 2063 agenda.
“The youths should be empowered to positively contribute to development and as a council we will establish youth empowerment programmes so that the youths are empowered,” he said.
Neno District Youth and Sports Officer, Ian Sukali said the district has no resource centres for youth development which is negatively affecting youth development in the district as most of them indulge in immoral behaviours.
“We only have a National Neno Integrated Youth Centre which is centrally controlled but we do not have resource centres in the district,” he said.
Neno district Youth friendly Health Services Coordinator, Antony Sandiyang'ane said the district registered 2,382 teen pregnancies in 2022 which is high numbers as most young people shun family planning methods due to some cultural beliefs and misconceptions about family planning.
Chairperson for Youth Network in Traditional Authority Chekucheku, John Bwanali said most youths in the district have the capacity but lack capital to venture into meaningful income generating activity to achieve financial independence.
“We fail to access loans from National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) as they do not have the collateral the organisation demands for them to access loans.