Youth for Action, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), says it is geared to remove barriers that impinge on prisoners’ access to youth-related information.
The NGO has organised a luncheon with Kachere inmates in Lilongwe on March 21 2020 to interact with them and share their life experiences.
In an interview, the group’s founder Kondwani Nyamasauka said prisoners are regarded as rejects; hence, the visit to reverse their perception.
He said: “We want to learn from them as they learn from us because we know that they have their own stories.
“We will cook food and eat together while sharing our life experiences.”
Nyamasauka said the event is in line with their campaign dubbed peer-to-peer which aims at making information from the youth accessible to fellow youths.
“We decided to start with the prisoners because society does not include them in many things and bearing in mind that Kachere Prison comprises the youth,” he said.
Youth for Action logistics manager Tiyamike Luwayo said the function will give them an opportunity to appreciate what their fellow youths go through and what led them to be in prison.
She added that one of the things they will talk about is drug and substance abuse. “We will motivate them to feel that they are important to themselves and the country,” she said.