LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)—The National Initiative for Civil Education (NICE)-Trust has launched the much awaited 2015-2019 strategic plan to set pace for the public building capacity on the socio-economic and political human rights ahead of 2019 elections.The strategic plan is expected to guide the implementation of NICE programs and activities under the “Making democracy work-take part in public life”.
Speaking with The Maravi Post after the launch on Friday in the capital Lilongwe, Ollen Mwalubunju, NICE’ Executive Director said the historic journey of transforming from a project to a Trust has brought along several implications both programmatically and institutionally.
Mwalubunju assured the general public of total commitment of his institution to provide a platform in facilitating voice and accountability processes that seek to empower citizens more by helping them to mobilize and interact with their policy makers.
He said the trust vows to also mainstream gender equality in these forums to ensure that voices that are heard include those of women.
“NICE strategy for the period 2015 – 2019 is building on the awareness on the socio-economic and political human rights. That is, we believe, one of the major ways in which Malawi may achieve equitable development outcomes to the benefit of all including men, women, girls, boys and the youth.
“As you go round your constituencies, you will notice that NICE has a whole cohort of community volunteers that are undertaking awareness campaigns everyday on various issues.
“Therefore, NICE wishes to assure the public and other key players that this refined strategic plan will be instrumental in guiding the planning and implementation of civic education which is core business of its operation since 1999.
The First Deputy Speaker of Malawi National Assembly, Esther Mcheka Chilenje who endorsed herself as NICE ambassador emphasized the need for the institution to have multiple donors for smooth operation of its activities.
The Deputy Speaker Mcheka Chilenje said she will use her position to woo more partners for resources ahead of 2019 elections as civil education on roles between councilors and lawmakers in various constituencies.
“The Parliament is the key partner in NICE’ activities and programming where legislators play a big role in constituencies’ development.
“As its ambassador will make sure that the institution has more supporting partners not only government and European Union.
“As we will be approaching the 2019 elections, more civic education is needed particularly on actual role between councilors and Members of Parliament (MPs). This will strengthen their relationship when executive their roles as currently there is tension in constituencies,” said Mcheka Chilenje.