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Youth as climate champions for resilient communities


Empowering youth to understand climate change in Malawi

In Kasungu, Malawi, adolescents, youth, and other community members, especially girls and women, are particularly vulnerable to climate risks and effects. They have limited access to information and education about climate change.

Especially youth in rural areas, due to limited internet access, lack access to online resources and educational materials about climate change. This digital divide is exacerbated by a lack of trained teachers and inadequate training in various areas, including climate change studies. Gender inequalities in education worsen the issue, with lower enrollment rates for girls.

Despite the strong focus of the National Youth Policy on engaging youth in decision-making processes, this does not translate into practice. The Malawian government has emphasized that 30% of youth should be included in decision-making, but this promise often proves to be merely symbolic without substantial impact.

Access to information and education about climate change

Tailored education and awareness programs on climate change adaptation are being developed for youth, with particular attention to gender equality. Parents and community leaders are also receiving training from district authorities on this topic to increase impact.

Together with youth, an app is being developed that links local climate information to successful adaptation strategies. The app will be available both online and offline and will be suitable for various levels of literacy. Multiple channels are being used to promote the app.

The communication and advocacy skills of youth and youth groups are also being strengthened. Youth organizations are involved in organizing community campaigns using various methods such as meetings, quizzes, radio programs, and roadshows to promote climate awareness. Local authorities are being trained in gender equality and youth inclusion. Workshops will foster dialogue between youth and policymakers, engaging youth in climate actions.

Expected results

60,000 people will be able to understand climate risks, access climate information, develop adaptation plans, and contribute to policy discussions. This objective aligns with the goals outlined in Malawi's National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), as well as the commitments made during the UNFCCC COP26.

Project coordinator
Plan International Belgium
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Dissemination and/or capacity building project

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Ilke Geleyn

Ilke Geleyn

Programme Manager G-STIC