National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) has launched a refined strategic plan for 2015-2019.
The launched ceremony was held at Capital Hotel and was presided over by the First Deputy Speaker of Malawi’s Parliament, Honourable Esther Mcheka Chilenje, MP.
The Strategic Plan is a refined document built on the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan which was a product of participatory process including series of exhaustive stakeholder consultations and meetings.
Speaking after the launch on Friday, July 15 in the capital Lilongwe, Ollen Mwalubunju, NICE’ Executive Director said it was a historic journey of transforming from a project to a Trust has brought along several implications both programmatically and institutionally.
Mwalubunju assured the general public of total commitment of NICE to provide a platform facilitating voice and accountability processes that seek to empower citizens more by helping them to mobilize and interact with their policy makers.
“NICE strategy for the period 2015 – 2019 is building on the awareness on the socio-economic and political human rights. That is, we believe, one of the major ways in which Malawi may achieve equitable development outcomes to the benefit of all including men, women, girls, boys and the youth.
“As go round your constituencies, you will notice that NICE has a whole cohort of community volunteers that are undertaking awareness campaigns everyday on various issues.
“Therefore, NICE wishes to assure the public and other key players that this refined strategic plan will be instrumental in guiding the planning and implementation of civic education which is core business of its operation since 1999.
Mcheka Chilenje who indorsed herself as NICE ambassador emphasized the need for the institution to have multiple donors for smooth operation of its activities.
She said she will use her position to woo more partners for resources ahead of 2019 elections as civil education on roles between councilors and lawmakers in various constituencies.
“The Parliament is the key partner in NICE’ activities and programming where legislators play a big role in constituencies’ development. As its ambassador will make sure that the institution has more supporting partners not only government and European Union.
“As we will be approaching the 2019 elections, more civil education is needed particularly on actual role between councilors and Members of Parliament (MPs). This will strengthen their relationship when executive their roles as currently there is tension in constituencies,” said Mcheka Chilenje.