Tag: Malawi

‘Youth’ in the Ministry of Youth and Sports

The Mandate and Core business of the Ministry of Youth and Sports is to provide policy direction and guidance on all matters pertaining to empowerment of Malawian youths and management of all sporting activities.  The Ministry exists to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate youth programs as well as develop, direct, promote and control all sporting activities through youth empowerment and mass participation in order to have a healthy and productive citizen. Historically, the combinat [...]

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COVID-19: Rumors VS Facts

I have heard that a patient at Mwayiwathu hospital, in Malawi,  has been found with COVID-19. I have heard that a patient at Kamuzu Central Hospital, in Malawi, has been found with the Corona virus. I believe my country has registered Corona virus cases only that the government and health workers are hiding the information. I believe that my country has a case of COVID-19, the only reason why we haven’t registered any is because we do not have the capacity to detect one. Supermarkets have stoppe [...]

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PhD Journal Entry-Week Three

He coughed and corralled the rattle in his chest into her mouth and then ptui!-spat on the floor in a restaurant. Imagine just how disgusting that is. ‘This is the beginning of the third journal entry, with a very disgusting habit I have seen some Chinese folks do. Spitting! I didn’t even know how bad it was until when I saw one sign in my dormitory elevator which read ‘keep clean and no spitting…’ I guess spitting is a big issue. I must say that I have not come across spitting on campus. It is [...]

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I am happy, I voted

Regardless of the outcome of the 2019 tripartite elections, I am still happy that I exercised my right to vote. I will also cast my vote in 2024. Before reading this blog, let me make my positionality clear. I am 30-year-old male Malawian. My home villages are Kasiya, Lilongwe and Sawali, Balaka. Educated to postgraduate level. I am Christian, and a member of the International Christian Assembly (ICA). Now that my positionality is clear, some of you are already making conclusions about who I vot [...]

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Young People are the greatest asset for Africa

‘We have something that the rest of the world doesn’t have, and it is not the minerals on the ground, that is the easy stuff, that is the lazy stuff.  The one thing that Africa is the younger generation, the human capital. And we must create the space and opportunity, for young people to feel they can bring their full selves and their capability. If we do that, there is no limit to what we can achieve”- Maria Ramos, Commissioner, Pathways for Prosperity Commission Technology and Inclusive Develo [...]

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The Role of the Media in Advancing the Rights of Persons with Albinism in Malawi

Introduction: Emergence of Violence against Persons with Albinism in Malawi It is estimated that Malawi has a population of between 7,000 and 10,000 people with albinism. Government of Malawi reports indicate that since 2014, 18 people with albinism have been killed, 14 abducted, three are missing, and 28 burial sites have been robbed by individuals and gangs. 69 cases have been reported to the Malawi Police Service since 2014. The Association of Persons living with Albinism (APAM) has registere [...]

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The Narrative of Children in African and Development Photography: Whose camera counts?

In March 2015, I was at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en route to Malawi. While at the airport I came across a big billboard by Unicef of a dirty black child, possibly from 'Africa', and wearing tattered clothes. This picture took me back to the debate about representation of poor people in development work. Is this picture a representation of the state of this child's life? Or it is a picture that might help people to give their money to support the region where this child comes from? Throughout m [...]

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Lessons from Leading Youth Initiatives in Malawi

This blog is as a result of a few meetings that I have had with fellow youth leaders in my country, Malawi, who have been asking me to share some of the lessons I have learned from running youth initiatives in Malawi. For the past four years, I have lead two youth initiatives, Youth to Youth Empowerment, and Maphunziro265 as founding national coordinator and Co-founder and CEO respectively. Let me take this opportunity to state that I am not the founder of Youth to Youth Empowerment. Tayani Vinc [...]

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My Chevening Journey: Signing Out

In September,2015, I arrived in the United Kingdom(UK). This was after sorting out the English requirement test complications that almost made me lose my scholarship. After interacting with other scholars, I got to learn many scholars had similar experiences. So my advice to the 2016/17 Cohort is, sort out your English test requirements as soon as possible. I began my journey in the UK, with getting lost due to the new environment. Good thing, I found a helpful school and faith community that ga [...]

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The Story of How I got the Chevening Scholarship

I worked hard. I approached a lot of people to make sure that I get this scholarship. I kept pushing all my referees to draft that reference letter. I did not want anything to stand in the way of my scholarship. I finally submitted the application. Then, I waited for feedback. Hours turned into days, and days into months. Lastly, I got the email.   It read as follows: An enormous number of qualified candidates applied for these awards. An independent shortlisting panel was formed to assess appli [...]

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