Nsanje youth have expressed discontent over efforts being employed by government and development partners towards youth development claiming not much is being done on the ground.
The youth blame the situation on inadequate resources being pumped towards the same by the local government which is impacting negatively on efforts to ensure that the district’s youths are economically empowered among other things.
According to a document which the youth have presented to Nsanje district council and its development partners raised concerns on economic empowerment, Health and nutrition, youth participation and leadership, youth literacy and numeracy.
“As the youths of this district, want authorities to roll out vocation skill trainings on Motorcycle mechanics, electrical installation and carpentry so that we can be economically empowered.
“Not only that, other areas that need your attention includes training on Sexual Reproductive Health, youth inclusion in development structures and youth inclusion in Local Development and Constituency Development projects/programs just to mention but a few,” said a letter to the Nsanje district council.
The youth blamed inadequate resources being pumped towards youth’s programs saying it is putting a strain on efforts to up lift their lives.
For instance, records from the district youth office indicate that it got an allocation of K392, 432 for business management training in the 2013/2014 financial year, and in 2014/2015 the office had no allocation but was rescued by development partners that pumped MK 1.225,640 while in 2015/2016 the office got no funding for such an activity.
Nsanje District Council Vice Chairperson Robert Chavi acknowledged receipt of the letter and outlined challenges facing the youth.
He however said the issues which have been forwarded to the council will be looked
Nsanje youth Animators for Development (NYADE) is working with the district’s youth in advocating for resource allocation on youth programs and implement youth identified needs with support from the Malawi Human Rights Youth Network (MHRYN), under a program dubbed youth participation in local government.