Kasungu District has been identified to host this year’s International Youth Day (IYD) commemoration under the global theme “Transforming Education”.

According to Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Simon Mbvundula, the event would take place at Chilanga School for the Blind on September 19, 2019.

“The inclusiveness within the theme necessitated the need to celebrate with the youths with special needs, hence Chilanga School for the blind was identified.  Much as we could have done it anywhere within the boundaries of Malawi, we can only do it at one place at a time,” he said.

Mbvundula added that the theme seeks to highlight efforts to make education more inclusive for all youth.

“The theme of transforming education is relevant to Malawi considering the benefits that education has at personal, society and national levels. It seeks to highlight efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youths. 

Over the years, Malawi has taken steps to ensure the IYD is opened up as a platform for advocacy on active youth participation and on key issues affecting the youth,” he said.

Kasungu District Youth Officer (DYO), James Matiya said the youths are encouraged to take part in the event.

“Youths should take this function seriously because it is the best opportunity for them to showcase and reflect what they are going through regarding education, so that together with the various stakeholders they should realize the best practices in transformation of education,” he said.

Chairperson for Kasungu Civil Society Network, Gentry Kamanga said the International Youth Day commemoration reminds the government about its commitment towards the youths.

“It is important to note that the occasion act as a reminder to the government about its commitment towards youth development in the country.  It offers an opportunity to the youths to interact with different stake holders and share the challenges that they face,” Kamanga said.

He said the youths are expected to show their potential in various disciplines.

“This day gives an opportunity for the youths to display their potential in disciplines like drama, music and others as they participate in the activities of the day. It is without any reservations that the youths and stakeholders will benefit from this day as they renew their vision about national development,” Kamanga said.

International Youth Day began in 2000 and was organized by the United Nations (UN) to celebrate the contribution that young people make in education, employment, conflict resolution and social justice among others.

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