Malawi govt develops Pabwalo online platform to  bridge communication gaps between citizens and duty-bearers

The Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity has developed an online Government-Citizens Engagement platform, which has been designed to foster greater communication and engagement between duty-bearers and rights-holders.

Mtambo: Pabwalo will bridge the communication gap

The Minister responsible, Timothy Mtambo, told Nyasa Times on Wednesday that the platform, which has been named Pabwalo, which will allow two-way communication on national issues between the people and the government.

Mtambo disclosed that the Pabwalo civic engagement platform will be launched before the end of January 2021.

He said they are also undertaking a number of initiatives, including development of the first-ever five years’ strategic plan for the ministry.

“I am happy that my first preoccupation in Civic Education was to spearhead the finalization of the National Civil Education Policy. I am also glad that in my 100 days in office, I led the push for re-introduction of Civics education in primary school curricula,” said the minister.

The National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE), together with Domasi College of Education (DCE) and the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE), are implementing a Civics and Citizenship Education project.

According to Mtambo, the process for the implementation of the project has reached an advanced stage.

He further stated that, over the past 100 days, his ministry has extensively carried out advocacy and civic awareness in the Southern, Northern and Central regions aimed at urging communities to desist from gender-based violence, child abuse and mob justice.

Mtambo said the approach follows a series of rape, defilement and mob justice [witchcraft killing] cases whish have bedevilled the country.

“Of specific reference is the collaboration we had with NICE and Times Group where, every Wednesday, we had a phone-in programme aired on TV and radio for one hour from 5:00 to 6:00PM. The programme tackles a number of issues with concentration on emerging issues such as mob justice, rape and defilement among others.  The discussants include officials from Government, private sector as well as civil society,” he said.

“Furthermore, under NICE, over 9000 volunteers have conducted door-to-door campaigns against rape and defilement. Both national and community radios (30) have been utilized. A total of over 40 soap operas on the MBC platform of Namajiga, Mzeru Nkupangwa and Sewero la Sabata lino have been developed and utilized,” added the minister.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 year ago

The duties on civic education part of this ministry is duplicating what other ministries do. The unity part is a big challenge for the Minister. There is segeregation when it comes to political appointments on board directors and cabinet appointments. All these are more on party lines, tribal and regional lines. There are many people who are non partisan to any political party, capable but although they are Malawians the saying goes: ” uyu siwathu ngakhale ali qualified, musamutenge”; “Uyu ndi wa mtundu wathu ngakhale saonekera ku chipani, mutengeni” This is purely nepotism that breaks unity and that Minister should… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Mwini muzi
Mtumbuka kununkha
1 year ago

Chibwana cha mchombolendetu ichi iwe mtambo. Boma sitiyendetsera pa whatsapp or pa FB or pa internet.

And izo Zina walembazo are those what the whole kaminister can call achievements? Is putting an advert on radio pamajiga a ministerial achievement? Shame to kaminister ka mtambo and your clueless pedegu Administration.

1 year ago

Zopanda mchere.

Thubu Mgoloso
Thubu Mgoloso
1 year ago
Reply to  Kanyimbi

Abale, anthuwadi alibe nzeru. The so called minister Mtambo kunena kuti program ya Pabwalo ndi achievement?

Mwana mbuuu make mbuuuu ndi zomwe tikuziona apapa. Siku Transport nayenso ndikumati nduna yake ukugwira ntchito kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk – unduna waphweka basi, ndaonera pa Mtambo. Ma demo onse aja nkhani yake Civic Education project basi? Kkkkkkkkkkk

Munthu uyu ndiye alibiretu nzeru – ali ndi mutu owuma kwambiri.

Empty buckets make a lot of noise – ndi zomwe tinagona ku Malawi chaka chatha. Umboni tikuona panopa. Mmmmmmmmmm, tiye nayoni Civic Education yo

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