Center for Free Market Enterprise organized an Inter- University Debate aimed at helping university students to come up with solutions to some of the problems the country is currently facing. The first debate took place on Friday 23 October 2015 at Catholic University of Malawi Campus in Nguludi, Chiladzulu.
Speaking after the first debate CFME Executive Director Peter Yakobe said “ Instead of pointing fingers at authorities and other stake holders, on issues to do with unemployment and other challenges the young people are facing, the youth should come up with solutions to their problems by having debates where ideas crash.”
He added that the debate is in two rounds and has currently four participating universities Catholic University of Malawi (CU), Blantyre International University (BIU) which are private universities and two from government which are The Polytechnic (POLY) and Chancellors College (CHANCO).
And in the first debate of the first round BIU were victorious against CU at CU campus. The second debate in round 1 will see Poly against Chanco on the 21st November 2015.
One of the participating students from BIU Chris Phiri said the debates are helping them be practical as they now put theories they learnt in class and also learn from each other’s ideas.
And also that the debate will help policy makers to see how best they can help with policies that can be formulated to eradicate some social-economic challenges the country is currently facing.
In the second round BIU will meet the winner between Chanco and Poly to find the winner, the loser will meet CU to determine the team on number 3.
The competition is expected to run up to January 2016 and the number one team will walk with 150, 000 kwacha, second prize is 100, 000 kwacha, with 50, 000 for team number 3 and 20, 000 kwacha consolation for team number 4.
Center for Free Market Enterprise is non-governmental organization that is involved in training young people in the country in entrepreneurship, with their target being university students, young people in rural areas and young people in prisons especially those remaining with less than 6 months.