Central West Education Division (Cwed) are this year’s Malawi Youth Games overall champions.
Cwed were followed by North East Education Division (Need) on second and North West Education Division (NWED) on third position, respectively.
At the event that started on Tuesday and ended on Saturday in Lilongwe, Cwed emerged overall winners after dominating football, netball [for secondary schools] and volleyball events.
In athletics, Cwed collected 10 gold medals, seven behind the event’s winners, Central East Education Division (Ceed).
In football final, Cwed beat Ceed 3-0.
It was a similar case in netball, as Cwed defeated Ceed 29-22 to win the event.
In volleyball, Nwed emerged winners.
Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje, who was the guest of honour, said it was important to train children to master sports while they were at school.
“The ministry will review the curricula and one of the areas is to see whether we have sufficient sports programmes at school. We have a lot of students that are talented but they don’t know. We want to expose children to sporting codes not football and netball only,” she said.
MNCS Public Relations and Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa said they were satisfied with the impact of the games.
“This is in line with our plans of developing sports in Malawi and also identifying talent. We had 1,200 athletes at the finals and 900,000 students from 11,150 schools took part in the games,” he said.
MNCS injected K240 million into the programme.
Malawi School Sports Association (Massa) runs the competition.