Written by By Ivy Tunkete Mwanyongo:
The Department of Civic Education, under the Ministry of Local Government, Unity, and Culture, is endorsing community-level civic education hubs as instrumental in fostering transformative messages within communities to realize the Agenda 2063 vision.
Chief Education Officer of the Department, Tuntufye Ndambo, reports notable improvements in community participation in developmental activities across eight pilot districts where the hubs are being established.
Ndambo shared the observation on Monday during a monitoring visit to Mphonde Civic Education Hub in Chitambo village, under the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphonde in Nkhotakota district, conducted by the Directorate of Civic Education from the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust.
He highlighted the hub’s dedicated efforts in addressing issues such as ending child marriages and promoting sustainable agriculture at the household level.
“We aimed for our partners in mindset change, enablers of the Malawi 2063 vision, to understand the operations of these hubs, and we selected the Mphonde Civic Education Hub as a showcase because it stands out as one of the best among the existing hubs,” stated Ndambo.
Ndambo also emphasized the promising impact of the hub’s various activities on mindset change, and its crucial role in achieving Malawi 2063.
Rajabu Kagwada, Vice Chairperson for Mphonde Civic Education Hub, stressed the group’s commitment to utilizing existing structures, including schools and community gatherings, to disseminate mindset-changing messages, through drama and cultural dances.
However, Kagwada also mentioned mobility challenges in reaching other areas and expressed the need for Public Address (PA) systems to assist in reaching a larger audience, having already impacted over 6 thousand people.
“As we strive to achieve Malawi 2063, it is crucial for Malawians to empower themselves at the household level, enabling them to actively contribute to development activities at both the community and national levels. This underscores the significance of promoting mindset change messages,” emphasized Kagwada.
The Department of Civic Education is currently piloting local civic education hubs in districts including Nsanje, Zomba, Machinga, Phalombe, Nkhotakota, Kasungu, Nkhatabay, and Karonga.
Apparently, the Ministry plans to roll out the hubs to another 10 districts before the end of the 2022/23 financial year.