MoU - FOR YOUTH POLICY BACKGROUND INFORMATION
In the years 2003-2004, FEDOMA implemented a project on Youth Advocacy whose aim was to build a network of youths to work towards sustainable disability advocacy work in Malawi. The project involved the identification of youths with disabilities based on competency and ability representing a fair national distribution. The chosen youths were sensitized on basic human rights issues and trained in advocacy skills so that they effectively advocate for disability issues.
The project had three components; Mobilization, Advocacy skills, training and awareness. All these three were implemented successfully with the awareness component which entailed organization of awareness campaign meetings in selected areas in the three regions of the country. This was an exercise for the trained youth to put in practice their newly acquired advocacy skills.
Before that the youth established three regional committees for the smooth running of their youth advocacy activities and these committees coordinated the organization of the awareness campaigns.
Since then, a lot of advocacy work has taken place by the trained youths in their respective areas. The main activities being the three awareness campaigns that were held in the three regions in the years 2004-2005. In addition they youth have been applying their skills individually and in groups.
As this first section of FEDOMA youth development programme comes to an end: FEDOMA wishes to enter into the second phase of its youth development programme through the strengthening of the position of the trained youths and the Youth structure in their DPOs.
For this reason FEDOMA has initiated the development of a youth policy to be implemented by all DPOs affiliated to it. For the implementation of this youth policy to be a success there is a need for both the trained youth with disabilities and authorities in their DPOs to work on a common understanding.
This has resulted into the necessity of coming up with this Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to be facilitated by FEDOMA on this day of………. Of the month of……………….in the Lords year of…………………. And to be implemented by all DPOs.
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