Civic Education


Our public awareness mandate contributes to the socio-economic and political development of the country by empowering the citizenry with knowledge on the Laws of Malawi. Public awareness exercises enable the citizenry to know and identify duty bearers and thus hold them to account for the exercise of their powers and functions. In addition, we believe that citizens who are well conversant with the laws of their country can actively take part in development initiatives and effectively contribute to the law reform process

Activities
Pursuant to the public awareness mandate, we carry out a number of activities including the following through our Civic Education Section:

Production of information, education and communication (IEC) materials
We produce IEC materials which are designed to improve access by the public to the Laws of Malawi. The process involves the following stages:

  • Simplification of laws
    Laws are drafted in English and use legal terminology. The legal terminology is, in most cases, very difficult to be understood by a layman. The Commission simplifies laws for easy understanding by the public
  • Translation of messages
    Taking into consideration that most Malawians are illiterate and cannot read and understand English, the simplified laws are then translated into local languages
  • Pre-testing of IEC materials
    We pre-test the developed and translated messages before they are published to ensure that the translated messages are correct and easy to understand and did not lose their actual meaning. The messages are also pre-tested in order to check if the produced IEC materials are appealing and relevant to the target audience
  • Printing of IEC materials
    After pretesting, the IEC materials are printed. The printed materials are in the form of brochures, booklets, leaflets, trainers’ manuals, guidelines, factsheets and posters.The IEC materials are meant to inform the public on the contents of the various pieces of legislation. These materials are distributed to members of the public and other stakeholders

Promotion of public awareness on the Constitution and the Laws of Malawi
The Commission promotes awareness on the Constitution and the Laws of Malawi through the following:

  • Conducting community awareness meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences with stakeholders. During these events, participants are given a chance to ask questions. This enables them to have a deep understanding of the subject matter. IEC materials such as posters, brochures and leaflets are also distributed
  • Production and airing of jingles, television and radio programmes that carry information about the provisions of the laws. The programmes are then aired on the various radio and television stations across the country; and
  • Training of trainers on laws. The Commission also trains civil society organizations and provide them with training manuals for them to use to train community members

Public Awareness Facilitation Methodology
We use a participatory approach during awareness meetings. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and to ask questions where necessary

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