EU pledges support to Malawi’s talent


By Faith Kamtambe:

The European Union (EU) has said it will continue supporting Malawi in initiatives that impart new skills to the youth.

EU Ambassador to Malawi, Sandra Paesen, said she is impressed with what the youth in the country are doing.


Speaking when she toured Music Crossroads Malawi in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Paesen, who sampled different performances by the youth, said her first trip after taking office has been great as she has had a chance to take a look at the country’s culture through different musical performances.

“We saw an all-female band which is very impressive as it is not easy for women to perform that way. The inspiration is very positive as it aims to bring back into the society those that are outside either because of the way they were born or by things that happened to them,” Paesen said.

She added: “Anything that sharpens skills is something that EU is interested in; so, I am hoping they will get a new grant.”


Music Crossroads Malawi Director, Mathews Mfune, said they are happy that the ambassador visited them.

We are very grateful that we are the first institution that the ambassador decided to visit and witness the many programmes we are doing in Malawi.

“EU has a heart for young people in Malawi. We are here to empower young people so that they can use their creative minds and get the opportunities to develop themselves and their careers,” Mfune said.  

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