The National Planning Commission (NPC) and the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the popularisation of the Malawi 2063 (MW2063) national vision. The signing ceremony took place at NPC offices in Lilongwe on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Speaking after signing the MOU, NPC Director General Dr. Thomas Munthali said under the agreement, NPC will work with NICE in raising awareness about the new national vision, especially among rural masses.
He said the agreement will enhance awareness campaigns of the MW2063 since NICE has a vast structure that includes 31 district centres, 163 rural libraries and 9,000 volunteer civic educators located in all constituencies and wards throughout the country.
“NICE has huge experience in civic education and has massive outreach networks.
“Through NICE, Malawi 2063 messages will be taken to almost every village in the country,” said Munthali.
He observed that NICE has already initiated mindset change programmes and curriculum reviews with the Domasi School of Education and that NPC will piggyback on these programmes to support implementation of the MW2063.
On his part, NICE Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju said NICE had decided to embrace MW2063 as part of its new strategic plan under which it is focusing on spreading transformative messages to the people of Malawi.
He said the MoU with NPC is a commitment from NICE to work hand in hand with NPC in making sure that every Malawian takes part in developing Malawi.
“Malawi 2063 is not for bureaucrats at the Capital Hill; it’s not for the elitists. This is a vision for all of us, all Malawians, including those at the grassroots level.
“At NICE, we believe that for the vision to be realized, it should have ownership and for ownership to be there, people should have information,” said Mwalubunju.
He said MW2063 awareness messages will be mainstreamed in all its civic education programmes and activities.