Minister of Education, Science and Technology Luscious Kanyumba has said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the African Union (AU) and the National Board for Certified Councillors– International (NBCC-I) will help spur youth development in the country.
Kanyumba was speaking during the signing ceremony of the MoU at the AU- Southern Africa Regional Office (AU-Saro) in Lilongwe on Wednesday.
“We appreciate the role NBCC-I has played in promoting guidance, counselling and youth development in Africa through capacity building and support to the formation of counselling associations across Africa. Their coming is a promising development to Malawi youth,” said Kanyumba.
NBCC-I chief executive officer Thomas Warren said the organisation was formed to facilitate youth development through counselling and guidance to equip them with future responsibilities.
Warren said the world looks at Africa as land full of untamed resources with its people as a major resource full of innovations but they lack encouragement.
“Our programme will mainly focus on training counsellors in schools and counselling centres so that we reduce child abuse, bullying and school dropouts. This will wake the youth up to realise their potential,” said Warren.
AU regional delegate to Southern Africa Salif Sada Sall said his office will create an office for the director of counselling to be coordinate guidance and counselling services locally and the NBCC-I headquarters in North Carolina in America.