Return Youth Week to tackle environmental degradation — DC

District  Commissioner (DC) for Central Region District of Dowa,  Alex Mdooko has asked authorities to consider reintroducing Youth Week Programme to address environmental degradation whilst preparing and empowering the youth with skills and mindsets needed to adapt to future economic trends.

Mdooko (2nd left), Newa-Banda (in red gloves) and one of the young people sweep to signify the opening of the cleanup campaign–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu

Mdooko observed that abolition of the Youth Week Programme at the dawn of the multiparty democracy in the early 1990s was a big mistake because it robbed the nation of a platform for youth empowerment by teaching them various skills for social and economic development.

The DC made the remarks on Thursday when he launched a Cleanup Campaign by youth clubs in coordination with Dowa District Youth and Sports Office.

Mdooko stressed that positive youth development programmes, including the Youth Week Programme, have the potential to unleash economic participation of young people and their families and communities.

The DC made the remarks in an interview on the sidelines of a general cleanup of the Dowa Market, which youth clubs conducted in coordination with the District Youth and Sports Office.

The goal of the cleanup campaign is to create a clean environment to the traders and customers in the district’s markets and other public places such as health facilities.

Mdooko said reintroducing Youth Week would help Malawi address some urgent challenges such as environmental degradation and solid waste management.

“When some of us were in primary and secondary school, we used to have Youth Week whereby the youth would join their parents in working to take care of the environment. Of course, that is history, but my argument is that as the future generation, we need to come up with something like Youth Development Week, which would act as a vehicle for empowering the youth with skills needed for social and economic development,” he said.

He further stated that such an initiative could promote the spirit of patriotism and ownership among the youth over development projects taking place in their areas.

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Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Seconding a chigumbuli:anthuwa knows nothing about governance apa.
Sakuva zonena. Pa 21 pano tionanatu.
Tudziwa anthu akupita kophikidwa ku mozambiki. Masinganga kumeneko akuziyoyola za m8sonkho athu. Uku anthuwa akusambitsodwa ñdi kuphik8dwa ndi masamba a cisoso.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
Yesu wa moyo tiomboleni ife anthu anu ocimwafe

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Aitu koma kudikila azungu azatimangile ma toilet. Anthu makono amacita kukwela njinga kupita kokunya nanga so machile, mitengo,etc tinaocha. Zovetsa cisoni. Kale mafumu ammamanga mlandu kukhomo kwa afumu munthu akaononga cilengedwe. Pano tingokopera cili cose from azungu omwe zao zinayela kale. Sad. Youth week taught young generation some morals and discipline Dzana m8nister of energy khaya amakatsekulila za magetsi ca mu balakamu koma staff office yopanda rimlock than ciboo. Meaning latch ili nkatimo amacita kukowa potsekula. Likhala kale acinyamata atal9ngosola. But todays youth angoti yadayada mmiseumu. Bwanji nseu wa kwa madam peofesa dr munthalika wolowa mu AREA 36 mpaka kufika… Read more »

Chigumbuli
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Chigumbuli

They have removed the Youth Week and today they are saying a young boy aged 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 should not be asked to do gardening describing it as child labour. I’m not sure what kind of a youth we are developing in this country as poor we are adopting polices of developed countries like Japan yet we are so poor.

Atsotsi
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We were happy to have multiparty democracy in our country,but the problem we had,was the one who took the mantle at the very dawn,he thought everything done by the past gvt was bad and he abolished even good things that led malawians in believing to recieve something in every activity they do,up to women asking their hubby’s that if u do not give me something u will sleep in children’s room or on verandor,which is very bad,youth week was good,I second it but u will find that authorities might give it the death ear,yet the initiative was to clean our… Read more »

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

YOUTH WEEK-please return

mtete
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mtete

I strongly support the reintroduction of Youth Week. It’s interesting politicians skirt this important activity dwelling too much on foot/net ball as a means of keeping the youth away from mischief. Youth week was an important component of the now almost forgotten Civics subject which prepared our youth as responsible citizens in society.

taliona
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taliona

I agree with this our country will be very clean .Timataya dzinyalala Mitsinjemu,minseu paliponse ndiife anthu tomwe so we must be responsible too

mtete
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mtete

I entirely support the reintroduction of Youth Week. It’s interesting politicians skirt this important activity dwelling too much on foot/netball as a means of keeping the youth away from mischief. Youth Week is an important component of the now almost forgotten CIVICS Subject which prepared our your as responsible citizens.