Name: Munalula Yuwanga
Birthday: February 2, 1984
Education: Diploma in Project Management and Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Occupation: Social Worker (Coordinator as a Volunteer)
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
My vision is to see good governance across sectors, which promote unity and global peace, love for one another, and passion for the poor and equal distribution of resources as well as promotion of human rights. Political leaders should be accountable to the citizens.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
High rate of youth unemployment especially in Africa such that youth transition into responsible adult citizens is largely becoming difficult. High poverty levels that the Orphans and Vulnerable children can’t access education. This challenge has been motivated by poor governance by some governments as well as the coming of HIV/AIDS which has claimed so many lives of bread winners, leaving young people behind without proper parental care and support.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
Governments should design policies that are going to realistically address and meet the economic demands of youth by building more youth skills training centers and giving them start up capitals. The private sector, through the corporate world should also work hard to meet their corporate social responsibilities, and the civil society should advocate for government formulation and implementation of progressive policies that benefit all citizens. The donor community should continue funding projects that have multiple benefits to the needy, like HIV/AIDS/ OVC education support and promotion of sports to identify talents and provide mentorship.
My name is Munalula Yuwanga, a male citizen of the Republic of Zambia and I am currently based in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia. I am a youth, child and community development activist with outreach and media programs. I have served as Programs Manager for Youth Alive Zambia in the south west region of Zambia where I contributed effectively to HIV prevention as well as creating education access for the youth and children. I Hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from (ETTAZ), Diploma in Project Management from the Certified Commerce and Industry Personnel (CCIP) Advanced Certificate in Social Work from the University of Zambia (UNZA), Short Computer Courses and Several other specialized trainings.
Currently I am the Coordinator at Open Home Foundation Zambia and Project Directory of an OVC Integrated project, which is funded by the U.S Embassy in Zambia through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The project is aimed at reducing chronic poverty and other human sufferings by providing OVC education support, Child Abuse, Youth Unemployment, HIV/AIDS and behavior change.
I am a member of the District Development Coordination Committee (DDCC), a government forum which promotes district development through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and it sits every quarter. During these quarterly meetings, all District Heads of Government Departments and few Heads of Private Institutions give sector based reports and future plans are introduced for stakeholders to make recommendations.
I am also a member of the District AIDS Taskforce (DATF). The purpose of this taskforce is to Coordinate, supervise and monitoring the implementation of HIV/AIDS policies in the district. It is also building the capacity of stakeholders in HIV/AIDS response and advocating for resource mobilization from the National AIDS Council (NAC), for local response.
My leadership experience started from when I was in primary school till date and I still intend to have more leadership experiences. Because of this I have volunteered with many organizations where I occupy key positions of decision making. Currently i am a Board Member of Zambia Red Cross Society Livingstone branch in charge of secretariat and publicity.
I see myself to be a vibrant young leader who is going to inspire a lot of youths in life. My vision and personal interest among others include having a Multipurpose Youth Skills Training Centre which is going to guide and assist youth and children to graduate into responsible adulthood because investments today in youth development will pay future dividends in economic growth and positive social change. My wish is to liberate the youth from poverty and diseases for their economic and social independence.
I like reading books, news papers, magazines, watching soccer, travelling; and I have been to Zimbabwe and Namibia. I would love to visit America next time or any other country in the world. I have been nominated as PEPFAR Champion by the National AIDS Council (NAC) and the Award winner will be announced by 1st December 2015. This is an annual award which is given to stakeholders for Exemplary Work.