Authorities push for the re-introduction of civic education subject in the country’s curriculum

By Humphreys Bomba

The Department of Civic Education says consultation processes with the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) to re-introduce Civic Education Subjects in the country’s curriculum are at an advanced stage.

The Department’s Deputy Director, Lawrence Useni made the remarks Wednesday at Mpondagaga Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphonde in Nkhotakota district during the establishment of a Civic Education Hub.

Useni said the whole process will cost money amounting to Mk1.5 billion for the materialization of the plan, adding that the government is currently mobilizing resources.

He said the department wants the subject to be re-introduced in the country to assist in mindset change of young people at the grass root level.

“We are looking forward towards Malawi Vision 2063, as such, Civic Subject will embrace areas of character, patriotism, and integrity building among others, which are overarching pillars,” Useni said.

On Civic Education Hubs, Useni said the department is optimistic that it will help coordinate civic education services for mindset change which will also help the country in the attainment of Malawi 2063 goals.

He added that the hubs are aimed at facilitating discussions at local levels to enable citizens to engage for their empowerment from various duty bearers responsible for national development.

In his remarks, T/A Mphonde of the district has hailed the department for the idea, saying it will be a mindset change enabler in his area and the country as a whole.

“I am looking forward to the civic education hubs and the civic subject to rescue my community from early marriages and land disputes,” Mphonde said.

The Department of Civic Education under the then Ministry of National Unity now the Ministry of Local Government, Unity, and Culture, is establishing civic education hubs across the country aimed at facilitating discussions at the local level to enable to engage their empowerment from various duty bearers responsible for national development and Nkhotakota district has been identified to be among the first eight districts.

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