The National Youth Consultative Forum (YCF) is this week set to hold its Annual General Meeting to, among others, consult on the Youth Charter and adopt its constitution (goals, objectives, membership, governance structure and code of conduct).
The meeting is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday (February 6 and 7) at Crown Hotel in Lilongwe.
According to YCF Secretary General, Linda Harawa, the meeting will also consult members on its strategic plan, present progress report, deliberate on emerging and outstanding issues, develop a short-term action plan before briefing the media.
Youth actors and partners to participate in the AGM are those with an understanding of YCF objectives, values and approach to youth work.
They must also have participated in any YCF activities since its formation in 2012, and must be willing to be members of YCF on voluntary basis and contribute to YCF vision and work, according to the AGM notice issued by Harawa.
YCF, an independent and non-political federation of individual youth actors and youth groups, was formed in June 2012 to promote meaningful youth participation in development by enhancing collective voice and action focusing on youth development, citizens’ empowerment and policy dialogue.
According to National Coordinator of the Forum, Edward Chileka Banda, YCF was launched following observations and concerns over lack of effective youth engagement to help unleash their potential both in skills and numbers that can contribute to poverty eradication and nation building.
The forum’s motto, ‘Giving back to mother Malawi’, underscores the fact that the youth, like any other citizens, have the responsibility to contribute voluntarily to national development.