Malawi CSOs asked to champion community colleges initiative

Presidential advisor on non-governmental organizations Mabvuto Bamusi has asked the civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country to actively participate in the newly launched community colleges initiative for the sustainability of the project.

Bamusi speaking during the meeting.

Bamusi speaking during the meeting.

Bamusi with memebrs of the CSO's network in a group photo

Bamusi with memebrs of the CSO’s network in a group photo

Bamusi was meeting representatives of various CSO’s meeting in Karonga the northern part of Malawi on Tuesday in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga with the aim of tightening the relationship between the CSOs and government.

He said the community college project core objective; addressing unemployment among youths through skill training; can only be achieved if CSO’s take part in the concept.

“Most of the projects that government of the day starts always die a natural death once the president is out of power. We don’t want that to happen with this initiative,” said Bamusi.

He said it was prudent for all CSO’s to work hand in hand with government to make sure that the goals of the community colleges concept are being achieved.

“CSO’s need to make sure that whatever is happening at the colleges be it the selection of students, equipment purchases, lectures among others are not politicized.”

Chairperson for the CSOs coalition in Karonga, Yolamu Kaunda recommended the initiative saying the project has the potential to improve the welfare of many youths in the country who he said are just staying idle.

“This is a good initiative but government need to clarify how these institutions will get its equipment that the students will be using because it is rumored that government just borrowed some of the materials it showed people during the opening of the Karonga community College project,” said Kaunda.

Adding: “As I am speaking it is said that students have no equipment to use in their studies because when people left the place the equipment too were nowhere to be seen, so that also, gives us a doubt whether this will succeed.”

Government launched Community Colleges Concept in Karonga district in March with the aim of reducing levels of unemployment among youths in the country.

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1 year 5 months ago

It is really painful when government behaves like briefcase CSOs whose main aim is to earn a living on the pretex of helping people. CSOs should have been part of the planning of the community colleges: how were the needs identified for the community college in Karonga?

This is yet another waste of tax payers money, it will only benefit the pockets of the priviledged few. Shame.