NICE volunteers briefing Minister of civic education and national unity Timothy Mtambo on their work

The National Initiative for Civic Education in partnership with the Ministry of Civic Education recently launched a civic engagement and awareness campaign on COVID 19 in Malawi. This engagement with the communities comes in the wake of opening of schools amid declining numbers of COVID19 in Malawi.

In his remarks guest of honour at the launch Civic Education and National Unity Minister Timothy Mtambo said NICE is an institution that will be in the forefront in awareness raising during the campaign due to its structure which has national, regional and district staff and also more than 9000 volunteers.

“The campaign will engage parents, guardians and teachers through loud hailing, jingles, and distribution of IEC materials such as brochures and leaflets in order to ensure that students are strictly following all preventive measures at all times both at home and at school.                  

Speaking earlier at the launch Chairperson of the National Committee on COVID 19 Dr John Phuka said he there is still need to continue being vigilant if the fight against COVID 19 is to be won.

“I am truly impressed the way NICE volunteers are articulating messages on COVID 19. This shows that at the knowledge on COVID -19 awareness is getting there.” Dr Phuka said.

On his part NICE executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju said NICE still maintains its earlier call that the national taskforce committee should also have civic educators.

“Through you Hon minister, I would like to ask government to consider having NICE and other civic education Civil society organizations in the National Taskforce committee. We fill together will make a huge impact in the COVID 19 fight. “ Mwalubunju said.