The Ministry of Youth and Sports has today organised a one-day meeting to orient District Council officials and the youth on the recently launched National Youth Service (NYS).
In her speech, Judith Msusa who is director of youth in the ministry said the ministry will also help to create jobs for the youth through this program.
“Implementation of National youth services is going to happen at district council, so the District Commissioner being the controlling officers they need to understand what National youth services is all about for them to ably support because this is going to happen in the district councils, the recommendation have been noted we are going to take to management for further discussion then provide feedback to the discussion to the councils.
“The constituencies chosen are just catchment areas and there is nothing political because we are looking at statistics that are coming from constituencies like the numbers of young people that are there and it will easier to target from the numbers we received,”
“I feel we are doing enough because the 20 thousand jobs just coming from the ministry of youth alone but there are other sectors like Agriculture, Health and others that are mandated to create jobs so for the sports ministry to contribution to the 1 million, 20 thousand this year that means we are doing enough and this is just one aspect as we also have other aspects within the ministry that also created jobs for the youth,” said Msusa.
On his part M’Mbelwa District Commissioner Rodney Simwaka said the program is very useful to the youths of Malawi.
“I find the National youth services program as a very relevant program for Malawi in a number of ways, youth comprises 40 percent of the population of Malawi, and this program is actually tapping into that potential and is designed to make sure that the youth reach their potential to assist the development of this country,” he said.
Ruth Chavula a youths representative commended Government for the program saying most of the youth are not skilled dispite graduating from different universities and colleges.
“The initiative is going to help us young people because it’s talking about skills development that the young people need so much, if you see we can be graduates from universities technical colleges but we are unemployed because some of us we lucking those kinds of skills, in as much as we go to the colleges we don’t get much of those skills that this program is going to offer, so we are happy that this program is targeting us young people and is going to help us to carter both those in schools and those who are out of school, and help us economically,” she said.
Parliament approved the K3.5 billion in the 2022/2023 national budget for the implementation of the programme, which in targeting about 20,000 young people across the country in all constituencies per year.
Malawi President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera launched the program in Neno district.