The youth (boys and girls) in the Lower Shire bear the biggest brunt in terms of poverty, HIV/AIDS and lack of opportunity within the labour market and indeed the wider economic environment.
The Chikwawa District Social Economic Profile (SEP 2011) observes the challenges youth are facing in the district which include: unemployment, high illiteracy levels, HIV/AIDS, early marriages, lack of vocational skills, high juvenile delinquencies, discrimination and prostitution.
DIN is committed to improving, educating and advocating for the health of youth in the Lower Shire.
- Establish ‘Health Talk Clubs’ and conduct community awareness campaigns in schools and communities for prevention of HIV/AIDS and STIs.
- Provide training in business management and life skills.
- Organize and facilitate recreational activities.
- Provide educational materials to youth clubs and link them to training institutions.
- Establish a centre for vocational training.