Catholic Education Commission (CEC) says active involvement of youths in community development projects can help them understand key issues in local governance so that they become agents of change.
CEC national project coordinator Cresencia Kansale said this in Zomba on Saturday when the commission held a civic education meeting on local governance for students from Zomba Catholic and St Mary’s secondary schools.
“Through local governance structures such as village development and area development committees, the youth can be the agents of change. They can influence communities to demand transparency and accountability from duty-bearers,” she said.
In her remarks, St Mary’s acting deputy head teacher Kondwawaka Saka said the project will enhance the knowledge of the students.
One of the final-year students, Angel Mtonga, said the country is lacking in many aspects of local governance because women are undermined in most development structures.
CEC is implementing the two-year project called Improved Local Governance Through Community Action in Malawi funded by Trocaire and the European Unioin (EU). n