Parents of Disabled Children Association of Malawi (Podcam) Executive Director, Miriam Namanja, has said the youth with disabilities need not look down upon themselves but rather should come out and help in the development of the country.
Namanja made the remarks in Blantyre yesterday during the official opening of a preparatory training of children with disabilities from Zimbabwe and Malawi.
She said, in most cases, the youth with disabilities are sidelined in different areas and that through this training, they want the youth to come out and help in the development of the country.
“In most cases youths with disabilities are sidelined and so through this training, we want them to appreciate that they can do anything regardless of their having disabilities because disability is not inability,” Namanja said.
Coordinator for the Building for Youth with Disability project, Sangwani Nyirenda, said this was an exchange project of youth with disabilities in different countries including Malawi.
He said Podcam is the coordinating organisation and that it has partnered with Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association.
“This is a three-year project and next year, we will partner with another organisation. Through this training which is to empower these youths, we teach them, among others, advocacy skills and lobbying and capacity building,” Nyirenda said.
Namanja said while on the training, the youth will be on monthly salary.
“The youth from Zimbabwe are here and will stay for three months and then youths from Malawi will go to Zimbabwe where they will also be there for three months,” she said.
Youth Coordinator for Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association, Talent Zivengwa, said they were excited with this mutual exchange.
“This mutual exchange is all about bringing youths together so that they can learn from each other and the main aim is to empower youths with disabilities,” she said.
Before the training, youths from different countries including Malawi converged on Uganda for preparatory training before the exchange programme.
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