Youth Decide Campaign to engage presidential candidates

The Youth Decide  Campaign (YD-2019) is next week  scheduled to engage Malawi’s presidential candidates to obtain  their official commitment to fostering  youth-led agenda in their campaigns and beyond the May 21 Tripartite Elections by endorsing the pro-youth policy document known as the Youth Manifesto.

Kajoloweka: Youth decide

Executive Director for Youth and Society  Charles Kajoloweka whose organization is leading  the nationwide (YD-2019)  Campaign disclosed this in an interview in Mzuzu on Wednesday.

“So we are  now going across the Country to ensure that we  have an issue-based campaign and those issues are  in the Youth Manifesto at the same time, we are also in the process of engaging the presidential  candidates to seek their official endorsement of the national  Youth Manifesto and this process will start next week,” Kajoloweka said.

According to Kajoloweka, this Saturday, the  YD-2019 Campaign brings the Youth Manifesto awareness campaigns to Mzuzu City with the hope of ensuring  that young people in Mzuzu are not left behind on the urgent youth-related policy issues that candidates in the May 21 Polls   are expected to advance.

“We launched the youth manifesto on the 10th, we are currently disseminating the Youth Manifesto across the  Districts across Malawi.  We started with Chitipa, last week we were in Rumphi and this weekend  we are in four Districts including Mzuzu, Kasungu, Lilongwe and  Zomba,” Kajoloweka said.

But an unemployed 20  year-old mother and school dropout from Chibanja in Mzuzu,  Mercy  Mphande suggested that  improving education standards in townships such as Chibanja in Mzuzu should  also be a youth-centered priority for candidates  contesting in the  May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Said Mphande:

“For example the school here in Chibanja,  at Chibanja  Primary children sit on the bare floor when learning. The councilors can make a choice to bring desks to create a favourable learning environment,” Mphande said.

The relevance of the National Youth Manifesto in influencing National policy will, however,  only be known by the performance of Malawi’s political leaders on youth-related development indicators between 2019 and 2024.  The YD-2019  Campaign  is being implemented by a  consortium of  other NGOs including; Network for Youth  Development  (NfYD) , Youth Politicians Union and  Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO).



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