By Lawrence Nachipo
Youth in the country need to be enlightened on Sexual Reproductive health issues if the country is to develop further.
The observation was made last week during a Youth Championing Training, HP+ and USAID conducted in Lilongwe.
According to one of the workshop’s facilitators, Dezio Macheso, time is now ripe for Malawian youths to take pivotal roles in addressing SRH issues.
“For several years, there have been problems in most sectors of the government, talking of education, health and financial sectors, courtesy of low participation of youths in different important governmental activities and more likely the problem of sexual reproductive health and rights,” Macheso said.
The workshop, which drew youths from all corners of the country aimed at widening the knowledge base of the youths on SRH issues.
One of the directors for the training, Sandra Mapemba said the meet’ aimed at opening the eyes of Malawian youths into understanding their role in SRH issues and also equipping them to hold elected officials accountable.
“It aimed at building a youth base on youth participation in formal structures as it is said that most of the youth are not found in the big tables thus talking of government meetings as well as meetings concerning youth problems, and this will help them to take part in these since they are the people who know their problems” she said.
On his part, one of the beneficiaries of the training, Foster Mafiala said the seminar has been an eye-opener to him and the participants in general.
” I’ve learnt a lot from the training. Through ideas from different presentations, we have been inspired to work hard to achieve all that we have planned to achieve on sexual reproductive health and right as active youths” he praised.
The training brought together youths from various youth groups in the country, and also various government officials.