National Planning Commission Director General Thomas Munthali has said people in rural areas need to change their mindset for Malawi to realise its long-term development vision, the Malawi (Mw) 2063.
Munthali was speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday during an orientation workshop for National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) civic educators from all districts of the country.
According to Munthali, rural Malawians need to stop thinking that development will come from government, saying they too are capable of spearheading development in their areas.
“It is about them working hard in whatever they do out there. The thinking that everything is going to come from government will not help.
“We sit back and wait that government is going to give us some subsidies, is going to offer us free services or an NGO will come and give them some free services. That will not sustainably support their livelihoods,” Munthali said.
Nice Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju said the meeting was aimed at equipping the civic educators with skills on how they could incorporate Mw2063 and mindset change messages in all civic education activities undertaken by Nice, regardless of whether NPC is involved or not.
He was quick to note that mindset change cannot be done in isolation, saying it needs people to be aware of government’s development plans so that their actively participate in their implementation to bring about economic transformation to change their lives.
“Popularisation of the Mw2063 is one way of cultivating a sense of ownership and support towards the vision while inspiring all Malawians to be part of the implementation of the vision. At the same time, mindset change is the first and probably the most important enabler of the Malawi 2063 national vision and is key to the achievement of all the other pillars and enablers of the vision.
“In the Malawi 2063, Malawians recognise that the attainment of the country’s ambitious development aspirations will require the cultivation of a new way of thinking and doing things and acknowledge of the importance of mindset change at the individual, community, and national level to instill a culture of self-reliance towards our inclusive wealth creation agenda,” Mwalubunju said.
Director of Information in the Ministry of Information Chikumbutso Mtumodzi said civic educators have a critical role to play in the implementation and success of the Mw2063.
“It is through you that the Malawi 2063 will be taken to the remotest parts of the country, reaching out to millions of Malawians in hard-to-reach areas. Without those people in East Bank, on Chisi Island, in Thete, at Kapiri, in Embangweni and at Usisya, this beautiful development plan will become another useless document, with nothing to show 43 years from now.