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Achievements of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports: 2004 - 2009

1. Department of Youth Development

  • Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE)

The YEE seeks to empower the youth of Malawi with entrepreneurial and vocational skills to enable them become active and effective participants in driving the economy.

In 2005 the government initially put in a total of K20 million to be used for rehabilitation of youth development centres and for the actual skills training activities including purchase of start-up tools. In 2006 government pumped in a further K16.56 million to enable the rolling out of the program to other youth development centres. In 2008/09 financial year government has enhanced the funding to K51 million.

  • Youth Participation and Leadership

The program seeks to create an environment where the youth are able to participate in the decision-making processes at community and national levels by building into the youth the necessary capacities.

The programme has therefore facilitated establishment of 40 youth centres throughout the country. The youth centres act as safety nets where youth are able to spend their leisure time usefully instead of engaging in anti-social behaviors.

Through the same programme over 6,000 HIV/AIDS Youth Clubs (Edzi Toto) both for in-school and out-of-school youth have been established since 2004. Youth clubs are channels through which government reaches out to the youth with various programs. Each district in Malawi now has at least two established youth centres. Through these clubs youth also share information concerning HIV/AIDS.

Over 5,000 youth leaders have also been trained in leadership and management skills. These skills prepare young people to easily accept and take up adult roles in future

  • Health, Guidance and Counselling

The programme aims at ensuring that the country has healthy and productive young people. Between 2004 and 2009 the following activities were carried out under the programme:

  • Over 1,000 youths have been trained in life skills and as peer educators
  • Over 3,000 youth club patrons and matrons have been trained since 2004 (the highest number trained in a single period).
  • Policy Direction, Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation

Since 2004 35 youth workers have been trained to diploma level in Youth in Development Work in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Program and Bunda College of Agriculture of the University of Malawi.

The Ministry also completed the review of the National Youth Policy to make it respond to new emerging issues in Youth Development.

2. Department of Sports

  • Sport Infrastructure Development

Government has since 2004 embarked on the following projects aimed at improving sport infrastructure in the country:

In readiness for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Kamuzu Stadium has undergone complete rehabilitation.  Rehabilitation works include laying of artificial turf, renovation of the stadium toilets and other sanitary requirements, upgrading of dressing rooms, construction of brick wall fence and cladding of the stadium fence.
Players' hostels have been constructed at Chiwembe Technical Centre and Kamuzu Stadium to accommodate players during training camps. These facilities have helped the National Sports Council and the Football Association of Malawi to reduce accommodation expenses for teams.
Considering Malawi netball's success at World level, Government has made available funds for the construction of an ultra modern indoor netball complex. It will be one of the best indoor netball courts in the region. The facility will also enable Malawi host international tournaments
  • Launch of the National Sports Policy

Since independence in 1964, Malawi had no policy to guide the management of sports until March, 2007 when Government approved and officially launched the first ever National Sports Policy whose theme is "Sports for All"

Implementation of the National Sports Policy is going on very well due to increased budgetary allocation the National Sports Council gets every year. The council’s financial allocation has been increased from K20 million in 2004 to K400 million in the 2008/09 budget.

  • Promotion of Physical Education and Sport in Schools

Government has continuously provided sports equipment to both primary and secondary schools. Targeted sports disciplines include; football, netball, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and lawn tennis. Over 6,000 footballs and 6,000 netballs were distributed in 2008 alone.

  • Capacity Building

Over 200 football coaches and over 60 netball coaches have been trained between 2004 and 2008. Over 40 sports administrators have undergone advanced Sports Business Management courses offered by the Olympic Solidarity and the University of Pretoria.

  • Presidential Initiative in Sports

Presidential Initiatives in Sports was initiated with a K60 million Presidential Football Cup, K30 million Presidential Netball Cup and K30 million Talent Identification Programme.

  • Government/Private Sector Partnership

A good number of companies have come forward to support sports in general and football in particular. Some of these companies include:

- Standard Bank sponsors an annual K25 million football trophy and a K3 million netball trophy. It has also sponsored foreign tours for the National Netball Team.

- Toyota Malawi sponsors a K6 million netball trophy.

- Arkay Plastics sponsors a regional football league to
the tune of K3 million.

- Africa Invest Limited sponsors Primary School
football and netball competitions at the tune of K22 million.

- Coca-Cola Company sponsors Secondary School
football competition at K5 million.

- Telekom Network Malawi sponsors a three year
football Super League worth K150 million.

- Farmers World sponsors a regional league at
K3 million.

 

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