Malawi commemorates International Youth Day

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By Catherine Tinto 

Malawi has today joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Youth Day amid the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

The United Nations-UN set aside August 12, every year, to, among other issues look into challenges facing young people across the globe.

This year, the day is commemorated under the theme, Youth Engagement for Global Action.

Malawi is among countries that are experiencing devastating effects of Covid-19, with the youth among those largely affected.

Young people contribute about 70 percent of the population, hence calling for efforts and resources to cushion this group, which is becoming vulnerable.

With the closure of schools, due to the pandemic, there are shocking revelations that over 12,000 school girls, especially in the rural areas, have fallen pregnant.

In view of the development, Timveni Child Media Organisation and Plan International, in a joint statement, call for swift action by authorities to protect and improve the welfare of the youth.

The two organisations believe this day provides an opportunity to celebrate various achievements by young people, in addition to appreciating and devising solutions that speak into challenges facing the youth across the globe.

They therefore call for coordinated action towards issues affecting young people and find solutions to deal with unplanned pregnancies and early marriages during this period.

They pledge to work with the authorities and other stakeholders in securing the progress made in addressing the increasing cases of child marriages and teen pregnancies.

 

 

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