The University of Malawi (UNIMA) has introduced a four year degree program aimed at shaping the integrity of scholars and decision makers known as Umunthuology.
This development comes against the background of some government officers in the country being caught in fraudulent activities dubbed ‘cash gate’ where millions of taxpayers money was squandered.
UNIMA publicist Peter Mitunda said the concept was hatched after observing that there was a sense of irresponsibility and lack of integrity among scholars, students, technocrats and the general workforce.
“Escalating moral decay in our developing society is posing as an enormous threat to the country and we believe that if left unchecked for decades, the nation will lose direction and fail to register meaningful growth,” said Mitunda.
He pointed out that not all educated people have high levels of integrity and this has prompted other people to come up with terms such as, ‘educated fool or savage.’
Furthermore, apart from fostering for financial prudence, the Umunthuology Program is also said to help curb other social injustices and barbaric acts rocking the country such as those involving the killing of people with albinism in the country since the program will instill people with the spirit of responsibility and togetherness.
Umunthu is the African worldview or philosophy about living as one family and belonging to God”.
In Malawi, the philosophy of Umunthu has been passed on through proverbs such as Mwana wa mnzako ngwako yemwe, ukachenjera manja udya naye (your neighbor’s child is your own, his/her success is your success too).
Some notable Malawian Umunthu philosophers and intellectuals who have written about this worldview are Augustine Musopole, Gerard Chigona, Chiwoza Bandawe, Richard Tambulasi, Harvey Kwiyani and Happy Kayuni.
This includes Malawian philosopher and theologist Harvey Sindima’s treatment of UMunthu as an important African philosophy which is highlighted in his 1995 book ‘Africa’s Agenda: The legacy of liberalism and colonialism in the crisis of African values’.
According to Mitunda, Program that will be offered at Chancellor College and will be launched any time soon this year.
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