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UNFPA tips Malawi on population

By Audrey Kapalamula:

MAKING A POINT—Hong (right)

United Nations Population Fund representative Young Hong has said changing dynamics of population and increasing human capital are key factors in deciding Malawi’s future.

Hong Thursday said there was need for a population that could contribute effectively to the country’s economic growth by ensuring that people, especially the youth, have skills and education.

“When we have too many youths that are not ready to enter into economy age with skills and knowledge, they automatically become a burden. They need to depend on somebody’s work.

“Girls dropping out of school should not be accepted by any society. If they stay in school, they have access to services and information. They are also empowered to continue with their education and realising their aspirations,” Hong said.

National Planning Commission Director General, Thomas Munthali, said population was central to the country’s development; hence, the need to have quality population.

“We need to harness the demographic dividend in terms of how best we make sure that we cater for its needs. The population has been growing so far yet our services are not matching the services,” he said

Malawi has a population of 17.5 million people and child marriages are at the rate of 47 percent.

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