By Julius Caleone Mbewe
One of the country`s development partners, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has reiterated on the need for Malawi to improve its education sector in a bid to achieve self-reliance, especially among the youth.
UNFPA country representative, Young Hong, made the plea during the commemoration of international youth day held at Chilanga school for the blind in Kasungu district on Monday.
The world commemorates international youth day on August 12 every year, but in Malawi the day was commemorated on September 23.
Hong said: “We need to focus much in relocating more opportunities to young people and ensure that we address their daily challenges to ensure they stay in school and complete their education.”
In his remarks, minister responsible for Youth, Sports and Culture, Francis Phiso, said government is committed to supporting the young people citing a number of youth-related projects being implemented in the country.
“Government is geared to support the youth, and there are so many projects already put in place, for instance, the initiative by the ministry to create 7, 000 jobs among the youth,” pledged Phiso.
This year’s international youth day has been commemorated under the theme “Transforming Education” which is in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 4 which discusses quality education.
The event attracted students from over five primary and secondary schools from the area of senior chief Kaomba.