Nsanje District Council has approved and adopted the district’s guidelines for youth inclusion, participation and empowerment in local governance.
The guidelines were developed by Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (Focese) with funding from the Danish Church Aid and are expected to enable Nsanje youth to participate in decision-making.
Focese executive director Christie Banda presented the guidelines to the full council meeting on Monday before members expressed satisfaction with the content and adopted the same.
“Youth in the district have been sidelined by duty-bearers in top positions, governance structures and even in decision making: hence, the guidelines,” she said.
Senior Chief Malemia said the guidelines are crucial in attaining meaningful development.
He said the district had challenges in ensuring that the youth understand their role in the decision making process.
“As traditional leaders, we will ensure that everything is put in place so that our young people take an active role and have positions in the governance structures,” said Senior Chief Malemia.
Nsanje District Council chairperson Mabvuto Kamba said the council has the responsibility to implement the adopted guidelines to benefit the youth in the district.
“As we are revamping area and village development committees, we will ensure that the youth are included,” he said.
Nsanje district youth officer Richard Juwawo said the adoption of the guidelines is a mile stone in as far as youth inclusion, participation and empowerment is concerned.