UNDP hails NICE on mass registration mobilization exercise

Chikwawa, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has expressed satisfaction with the way the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust has been mobilizing communities to register in the ongoing national registration exercise.

UNDP’s public information specialist in Malawi responsible for National Registration Identification System (NRIS), Johannes Eriksson made the commendation on Monday at Nkumaniza Village, Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa.

He was speaking during a NICE Trust’s community mobilization campaign for the national registration.

Eriksson said there is tremendous turn up of people for the national registration process because of the use of traditional community mobilization ways by NICE.

Communities are responding to messages and committing themselves to the registration exercise even without relying on traditional forms of media, he said.

Eriksson said Malawians seem to be well organized without necessarily being pushed by authorities.

He, therefore, pledged UNDP’s continued support to the exercise, noting that the commitment among key players in the whole exercise was impeccable.

Southern region civic education officer for NICE Trust Enock Chinkhuntha commended UNDP for recognizing the role NICE Trust is playing in the country.

Chinkhuntha said the trust was well placed at all levels to empower citizens to participate in various public activities in the country.

We use various approaches. One of which is civic education whose fundamental aspect is that it should be provided in a defined context of cultural understanding and governance provision, he said.

Chinkhuntha said NICE uses such approaches like traditional dances, interactive drama and sports to attract people and in the process providing edutainment.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA