Newly sworn in Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Cecilia Chazama has disclosed plans to intensify civic education saying informed citizens were best placed to develop their country.
She disclosed her strategy Thursday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Lilongwe following her swearing in as Minister, a ceremony which was presided over by President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace Tuesday.
In his speech after the swearing ceremony, President Mutharika had asserted that civic education was critical if the country’s development was to spiral upward, and challenged Chazama to execute her responsibilities diligently.
Chazama explained, “My main priority will be civic education because, like the President said, our country is slow in development and people are doing bad things because they lack information.”
She said her quest will start from the grassroots, and it will spread in all the districts across the country.
The Minister added that the civic education, whose delivery strategy would include special radio programmes, fliers and jingles, would focus on National Identification awareness campaign as her ministry is the official overseer of the project.
Apart from working in collaboration with other ministries, Chazama said she would engage Community Development Assistants who would work closely with traditional leaders.
Lack of civic education and good citizenship has also been blamed for the recent barbaric killing and dismembering of people with albinism and increased cases of mob justice.
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