His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Britain last week congratulated Charles Lipenga a Malawian , for winning 2017 Commonwealth Youth Award for Africa and Europe .
Lipenga was honoured for his contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education) through the establishment of the Maestros Leadership Team, a youth-led organisation that has helped to train more than 10,000 young people who joined as volunteers across Malawi and 22 other countries at a function held London.
The Duke of Cornwall congratulated Lipenga for the great work with Maestros in Africa and for the Commonwealth Award.
Commenting on his organization recognition Lipenga said he will use the great platform of Commonwealth nations, populated with more than 2.5 billion people, to build the young people’s voice to be an undeniable voice.
“For the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, I believe it is key that as young people, we should no longer remain passive beneficiaries but become equal and effective partners for development. That is why I strongly believe that through equal opportunities to quality education, we can create a great awareness and mobilise a global movement where young people will discover their purpose and take their roles in development,” said Lipenga.
Lipenga further urged young people in Malawi and elsewhere to have goals in life saying they should always have their goals.
He said there is no way you can score if you don’t have goals, adding that time has come for the youth to work together with governments and civil societies to create a better platform for this generation and the ones to come.
Said Lipenga: “Let’s build a better tomorrow, and together we can. Let’s do this”
He has since thanked the head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth Secretariat for creating a Youth Division which gives a great platform for young people to be recognised as key players in development.
Charles led an initiative called Project Inspired that raised funds for 1,000 student scholarships and also adopted a government secondary school in Blantyre, Malawi.
He has teams that are now established in nine universities within Malawi alone with over 20,000 students participating.
The Commonwealth Youth Programme celebrates young people that are driving democracy and development in order to demonstrate their capabilities and inspire further action.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :