NYCOM to train more affiliates in digital management
In its ongoing efforts to empower youth organizations, the National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) is this week in Mzuzu, where it is training its affiliates in web development and social media management.
Through the sessions, the council believes the digital web training is one way of promoting and exposing the development work that the affiliates are doing in various parts of Malawi.
Speaking at the conclusion of a similar training in Blantyre last Friday, one of the participants, Carolyn Chitenje, commended NYCOM for the initiative, stating it will help her organization; Concerned Youth in resource mobilization.
“We will be able to use what we have learned to develop websites for other people at a fee. I always thought web development was complicated, but being here has shown me how simple it is to create and run a website for example,” she said.
Chitenje added that the training was empowering to individuals that participated.
“Now that I know how to do established a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account on my own, I’ll be able to train others and use the talent to raise money for our organization,” she explained.
NYCOM’s Public Relations Officer Yvonne Sundu said in a separate interview that plans are underway to have affiliates trained in digital management.
“We know the needs of our affiliates are many and we cannot address them at the same time. About the digital web training, in particular, we had to do these training sessions in phases knowing fully how technical the issues are.
“Our plan now is to move to the districts with a similar approach. The idea is to reach out to as many youth affiliates as possible and expose their work to the general public. After all, we are living in an internet era where life is becoming more and more digital,” she said.
So far, 40 youth affiliates have been part of the digital web training in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
The last session has started on Monday in Mzuzu were 20 more representatives of different youth organizations are attending the one-week training.