Timveni is rolling out Phase 2 of Youth Out Loud project in Mangochi targeting primary and secondary school learners in nine Traditional Authorities (TAs) in Mangochi with total funding of K 64.5 million.
The Project’s Director, Carolyn Nkhoma disclosed this on Thursday when she briefed the District Executive Committee (DEC), saying Timveni would implement the project with funding from United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
She said the project would target about 300 learners in TAs Mponda, Jalasi, Makanjira, Bwananyambi, Chowe, Chimwala, Nankumba, Namavi, and Katuli aimed at developing journalistic skills among the learners for them to be reporting on issues affecting their lives.
“It is the organization’s corporate responsibility to make sure that learners have journalistic skills and we expect the teens to be able to speak out problems they are facing in schools as well as in their communities,” Nkhoma explained.
The Youth Out Loud project director identified delay of funding from donors and lack of interest in some learners as some of the challenges they faced with the first phase of the project but she said despite the challenges, there had been a number of achievements.
“The project has managed to send two learners to attend digital story telling in South Africa while others have presented programmes on Zodiak on Day of an African Child.
Mangochi District Council has since commended Timveni for the project and what is has achieved so far, saying it would help in building capacity of the district’s teens and enable them to participate in media activities.