Centre for Youth and Development (CYD) – Malawi has said Malawian youths need to be empowered in their endeavours if making them great assets of the world must be achieved.
CYD executive director James Gondwe told Nyasa Times on Friday during the commemoration of the International Youth Day (IYD) in Mzuzu that “little is being done for the youth” who comprise more than 65 per cent of the country’s over 17 million population.
He said his organisation was part of the action/2015 youth activism campaign “helping to tell the stories of young campaigners who will be 15 in 2015.”
According to information sourced from action2015.org, these young campaigners were born in 2000, the same year the Millennium Development Goals were set.
Gondwe said it was crucial that leaders “should agree a new plan for a better world with the youth at the centre.
“If these plans are ambitious,” he said, “there could almost no extremely poor people – anywhere in the world – by the time these youth are 30.”
Speaking earlier at the function held at Katoto Secondary School, Minister of Youth and Sports Development Grace Chiumia said government “was committed to supporting the youth.”
Chiumia cited the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDEF) and the introduction of community technical colleges as some of the initiatives.