The Japanese used car dealer Be Forward continues its streak of funding various projects in Malawi. Besides sponsoring Mighty Wanderers football club, the company has showed its corporate responsibility gesture at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, when it funded the Students Union (UMSU) Festival.
Celebrated under the theme “UMSU Activism for Reproductive Health Awareness: Engaging the Malawian Youth for a Healthy and Productive Future Malawi,” the festival attracted an audience from all major colleges and universities in Malawi, bringing together what arguably is the cream of the Malawian youth.
Activities ranges from a variety of talks, debates and quizzes on reproductive health issues; which were guided by reproductive health experts from College of Medicine, and Kamuzu College of Nursing.
The festival’s chairperson, a Mr Mtema said that UMSU was alarmed by statistics which show disturbingly high percentages of pregnancies and sexual transmitted infections among the college youth,
“This is rather paradoxical, because here we have the college youth; whom we rightfully regard as the better educated among their peers, and yet they seem to be behaving in a manner that portrays ignorance of the basic health issues,” he said.
Mtema said that, University Students should recognize that they are role models, and therefore should embrace this status and the responsibility that comes with it, and thus, the theme was strategically selected to address this predicament.
“We students need to Be Forward, in issues affecting the youth,” said, cleverly playing around with the name of the sole sponsors of the event, Be Forward Japan.
The event was packaged with various sporting activities as well as a main event Beauty Pageant in the Chancellor College Great Hall on Saturday night, which saw Lenitta Nyamula, a first year Education Science student from Chancellor College, walk away with the Miss UMSU crown.
The night also saw performances by some of the big names in the urban music industry, including; Gwamba, Nesnes, and Phyzix. The charismatic student rapper Avokado also held his own, providing one of the nights most memorable performances. Zodiak Kajive finalists, Blantyre based dance crew; Metics also took their turn on the stage.
According to organizers funds raised from the festival will be used for the sensitization of Reproductive Health information among the youth from chosen institutions by UMSU.
UMSU is inviting all interested parties that would like to partner as it continues “to Be Forward in engaging the Malawian Youth for a Healthy and Productive Future Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :