Mtambo proposes curricular change to include civic education: ‘Cultural groups should celebrate together’

The Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Mtambo has highlighted that civic education has become central in shaping the future of Malawi, in that government should think of bringing back civic studies in primary school.

Mtambo: Malawi has taken so long in recognizing unity as a strong component of the country’s development.

Mtambo was speaking when he had a virtual discussion with some Malawians living in diaspora on Thursday evening at an event organised by Citizen for Transformation Movement (CFT) Diaspora Chapter.

When asked about what his ministry has done so far and which areas will be instrumental for the success of national unity, Minister Mtambo said  so far, his ministry has finalised the civic education policy framework which will be a blueprint of the activities that the ministry will embark on.

He also revealed that government had a National Peace Policy, which has been continued and will be used to anchor the National Unity part of his ministry.

In pointing out areas  that he has got involved in since his appointment as the Minister and the establishment of this new ministry , Mtambo  said issues of Covid-19 has taken a centre stage as the virus pandemic has hit Malawi hard.

“My ministry has quickly got involved in civic educating people about this pandemic which is threatening the lives of Many Malawians . There has also been work on gender-based policy issues such as teenage pregnancies and we are also working on Climate change issues,” said Mtambo.

He highlighted that the ministry is engaging with other ministries and various stakeholders citing the example of the recent training of community radios on how to disseminate Covid-19 messages which was done alongside National Initiative for Civic education (NICE) Trust.

Speaking on the challenges of promoting unity in the country, Mtambo said Malawi has taken so long in recognizing unity as a strong component of the country’s development.

He gave an example that if politicians are united, their supporters will be united which in the end benefits the development agenda of the country.

Mtambo mentioned that triggers of disunity need to be turned into connectors, whereby things that can divide Malawians should be used to unite the country.

The minister gave an example of Politicization of Cultural heritage groups as one trigger that if used right can promote unity of the country.

“Rather than have Mulhakho Wa Alomwe, Gonamapuhanya, Chiwanja Cha Ayawo and others do their things separately, why not have a single day which can be dubbed a cultural festival and let Malawians come and celebrate together. With that, not only will each heritage celebrate their culture, but we will celebrate together as Malawians and increase our bond as one nation called Malawi,” he said.

Mtambo spoke highly of the promotion of Malawi values, citing that no one in the country should be discriminated based on religious differences, regional or tribal differences.

“If we believe in the constitution then we cannot discriminate  each other as the constitution doesn’t discriminate,” he said.

The Minister  also announced  that he will be working on what he described as a “ Respect the flag campaign” which will be aimed at making Malawians feel proud of their country , their identity  and bringing sense of patriotism and allegiance to the flag,

It is at this point that Mtambo said he felt the civics education that was in the curriculum during Kamuzu Banda regime  made a great contribution in teaching young people about their country, what the flag meant and helped inject a sense of identity as Malawians.

He then revealed that his ministry will propose that Civic education be brought back in the curriculum and should be called “Civic and Citizenship Studies” to cover a broad aspect  In order to sow seeds of national unity ,sense of belonging as Malawians  and   for the implementation of a transformative civic education  which is a mindset and behaviour change for Malawians.

Also speaking at the event, CFT diaspora leader Linda Khembo , thanked the Minister for making himself available to answer a few questions from Malawians in the diaspora , who despite being far from home , are still very much interested to be part of the policy changes and implementation.

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Chilima
Chilima
10 months ago

Mbuzi ya munthu iyi

Analyst
Analyst
10 months ago

Honestly Mtambo’s ministry is useless. Just pllitical appeasement. Even mwini wake sakudziwa kuti azitani? Today he thinks he is minister of information, tomorrow he will act as minister of education, the other day he will work as Manganya the minister of culture etc.

Igbudu
10 months ago

IDIOT

Nyusesi
10 months ago

What is this dark person mtambo trying to say? Is there any problem in different cultures celebrating the way they want at their chosen time? This Foolish terrorist mtambo does not inspire any hope at all. Iwe mtambo you must know that you are not the right person to unite Malawians. You left a BIG wound between tribes and the pain is still fresh. Tribes do not trust each other anymore in Malawi because of the decisive and painful acts of mtambo. Galu wachabechabe!!! Especially southerners will never forget the atrocities suffered under mtambo and MCP machinations.

CULTURE
CULTURE
10 months ago

How can a terrorist be a peace maker? Try and error type of leadership.

Bentby from Chigunda Dwangwa

i tottally agree with mutambo, cultural groups should be cerebrating together. for example in south africa they have heritage day holiday where all cultural groups cerebrates their heritages. and that will bring unity among all malawian tribes. in the past dpp govt was only supporting one cultural group cerebration and the rest were not recieving poliotical support

Hello!
Hello!
10 months ago

I agree too. Also, Civic and Citizenship Studies needs to include ROAD SAFETY rules as it used to be in Civics long ago. You will agree with me that there is total chaos on the roads of Malawi these days in as far as using the roads is concerned. For example, in Civics we used to learn which side of the road a cyclist should ride and pedestrians should walk. Look today!!! Everyone wants to ride or walk on any side of the road thereby causing traffic jams and accidents that could have been avoided if all road users knew… Read more »

Mwanza border
Mwanza border
10 months ago

Cultural groups should celebrate together, what are you trying to achieve? One party state? vilombo vochokela kwa njombwa vingavine mlakho? Kapena umshangano?

Nonsense. We are happy the way groups are celebrating individually. After all each group invites other groups to celebrate with it. So don’t bring up the idea of one big celebration to be officially opened by chakwera. We rejected that in 1993

Last edited 10 months ago by Mwanza border
Jah
Jah
10 months ago

I thought it’s embedded in life skills

ignatius
10 months ago

Unfortunate proposals from an unfortunate disgruntled person

Philip Banda
Philip Banda
10 months ago

Useless

Citizen
10 months ago
Reply to  Philip Banda

Mbuli. Udzafa ndi jealous yako yomweyo.

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