Kasungu, Kenyan based Regional Civil Society Strengthening Advisor for Plan International, Nicholas Ngigi has hailed the youth of Livwezi in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Wimbe in Kasungu for taking an active role in holding duty bearers accountable.
He gave the advice during a visit by the organization’s officials from Rwanda and Zambia to the district on Friday.
Ngigi said he was encouraged with the young people taking part in following up issues in their communities.
It is always good to see the youth holding duty bearers accountable on issues that are happening in their community. The decision makers hold powers on behalf of the people. It is always good to see the youth following up issues and also the decision makers taking responsibility to respond to them, said Ngigi.
Ngigi said what the youth are doing has to be replicated in most places across the continent and encouraged the youth to continue.
The youth of Livwezi through their youth network have been active in following up issues which include conducting score card assessments on projects and also following up a case of primary school girl who dropped out after a teacher promised to marry her.
One of the members, Ruth Kuyere said they have been following issues and the scorecard assessment conducted brought out several issues which the youth network has tried to work out with different duty bearers.
Through our scorecard assessment there have been issues found like secondary education not easily accessible, poor community participation and chiefs’ non-committal to development projects.
However, we developed a work plan through which we have tried to address these problems through meetings, said Kuyere.
Through Good Health Organization, which Plan Malawi supports, under a project called Enhancing Youth Participation in Governance, the youth in Livwezi were trained in Advocacy, Monitoring and Participation so that they take active role in Governance issues.
Source: MANA Online