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All Set for YONECO Under 14 Trophy Finals

The K3 million football and netball trophy which is sponsored by Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) has reached the climax as the finalists are set to lock horns in a much anticipated event to be held on December 17 at Zomba Police College ground.

The final encounter of the tournament will showcase a battle between Police primary school and Litiko Football Club in the football category while Potola will face Police primary school in the netball category.

To sail through to the semi-final stages that took place on December 8, Police primary school saw off Pure Dreams FC in a 2-0 encounter while Litiko FC narrowly overcame Nmalaka FC by a goal to nil, in the boys’ category.

In other highly contested netball semi-finals, Potola humbled Bwaila by 7 baskets to 2 while Police ousted Thundu by 10 baskets to 8.

In his remarks, Community Mobilization Coordinator for YONECO, Jacob Nyirongo said the tournament has been a success as it has helped YONECO to reach out the youths through sports in sensitizing them about their health, rights and responsibilities.

“Apart from exposing talent from the youth we have also managed to enlighten them to observe their rights with responsibility, to take care of their bodies so that they can have a good health in order for them to make a productive society in future.

“We have also sensitized them on how they can fight and defend themselves from child abuse and Gender Based Violence through enlightening them about our helpline services that are free of charge,” said Nyirongo.

The chairperson of Malawi Schools Sports Association (MASSA) in Zomba city, Fatso Chanza commended YONECO for the tournament saying the initiative is helping the youth to refrain from bad practices.

“Since the inception of the trophy youths have been keeping themselves busy with sports activities instead of indulging themselves into bad practices such as sexual behaviors, drinking alcohol and smoking.

“We believe that if YONECO continues sponsoring the program Zomba will have a generation of good healthy and talented youths,” said Chanza.

YONECO is sponsoring the tournament with the aim of creating an environment where the youth are skilled, knowledgeable enough and able to make good and sound decisions as well as enabling them to achieve their goals in life through sports.

By Smart Sochera.

Mulanje District Council Impressed with YONECO’s Interventions against GBV

The Chairperson for Mulanje District Council, Councilor Charles Kapata, applauded YONECO for the activities which the organization conducted to prevent occurrence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) through awareness raising activities.

Councilor Kapata said this during a massive event which YONECO organized to double as a commemoration for the Human Rights Day as well as a wrap up of activities that were conducted during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV. During the event, prizes were also given to the winners of various categories in music and sports.

The function was held at Mendulo Primary School in the area of Mnthiramanja in Mulanje district.

In his remarks, the Councilor stated that the teams that YONECO were deployed during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV did their best to reach out to all parts of the district including the hard-to-reach areas.

“We are all seeing YONECO working tirelessly on the ground and we are witnessing fruits of their labour. As district council, I would like avow our continued support to the organization’s socioeconomic development efforts”, said Councilor Kapata.

Among other activities that were conducted during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV are; music competitions, roadshows, school learning sessions, Theatre for Development (TfD) activities as well as Roadshows that involved renowned artists like Blaze and Katelere Ching’oma.

In his remarks, the Executive Director for YONECO, MacBain Mkandawire stated that there is a need for the council to make sure that acting against GBV should further continue after the 16 Days of Activism against GBV. Mkandawire further bemoaned an increased child abuse cases in the district. On this aspect, Mkandawire requested Mulanje District Council to act with speed to deal with the challenge.

The activities against GBV were conducted under Comprehensive Action for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Project which YONECO is implementing in Mulanje in partnership with Malawi Girls Guides Association (MAGGA) with financial support from the Global Fund through Action Aid and Christian AID.

Malawi Reaffirms its Commitment towards Ending Violence against Children

The Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare; Honourable Clement Mkumbwa stated that Malawi will continue intensifying efforts towards ensuring that the rights and welfare of children are promoted  in the country.

Honourable Mkumbwa made these remarks in his key note address that marked the official opening of the Conference on Parenting at Sun and Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi.

“the laws and policies that Malawi has enacted as well as hosting the Parenting Confere for the second time speaks volumes of how committed Malawi is towards promoting child rights” said honourable Mkumbwa.

The conference brought together Civil Society Organisations, practitioners in child protection, knowledge and research institutions, policy makers from Africa and beyond. Among others, the conference attracted delegates from Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa, Canada, Maurituaios, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

The conference was held  under the theme; Child Online Safety and Security – Ending Online Violence against Children. In line with the theme of the conference, the Honourable Deputy Minister also acknowledged the fact that internet greatly contribute towrds increased cases of children’s vulnerability to violence in so many ways.

In his closing remarks, the Board Chairperson for YONECO, Proffessor Dixie Maluwa Banda stated that everyoneis responsible for protecting children’s rights. He further urged all participants to raise awareness on the importance of protecting children from violence.

The conference was organised by the Malawi governement through the Ministry of Gender Children Disability and Social Welfare, Parenting in Africa Network (PAN) Malawi Chapter, Malawi and Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), SOS Children’s Villages. The objectives of the conference were to: romote learning and sharing among stakeholders on promising practices across the region; launch country specific campaigns on online violence against children; increase knowledge on the use of technology in enhancing safety of children; as well as to create awareness on existing national, regional and Africa wide legislative framework. The conference was held from 23 to 26 October, 2017.