The Catholic Education Commission (CEC) has urged youths in the country to be actively involved in the national budgetary processes.
CEC Project Coordinator Crescencia Kansale made the call on Saturday in Zomba during a civic education exercise on national budget which involved students from the Chancellor College, St Mary’s and Zomba Catholic Secondary schools.
Kansale said the youth need to understand the key issues in the national budget in order to appreciate the processes that are involved.
He said this also gives them an opportunity to keep track of the progress of different projects being implemented in their respective areas.
“It is significant that the youth understand the national budget process so that they are able to follow how the Government gets its revenue and how expenditure is made,” he said.
Kansale said participation of the youth in budgetary processes can also help to ensure accountability.
“If the youth do not understand the budget the community may decide to misuse the funds,” Kansale said.
In his remarks, a Form Three student at Zomba Catholic Secondary School Chimwemwe Jusa, welcomed the initiative saying it will shape them into reliable citizens.
“I’m likely to help my friends who did not get an opportunity to be here so that they should be aware, their eyes should be open so that they should see where this country is coming from and where it is going,” he said.