One of the elements of the aftermath of Malawi 2014 Tripartite Elections was the call for federalism or federalization in the country as a solution to its lack of development and deterioration of standards in some areas.Pictures like the one in this post were posted on forums time and again with captions and comments calling for federalization of Malawi as the solution or the absence of federalization as the root cause.
In my opinion, the poor standards that are showing in this picture have nothing to do with the absence of federalism because that is 2014 school standards in many areas throughout the country. What needs to change in Malawi is a mindset shift among all of us on education and other sectors, and a will among the leadership to implement a progressive agenda for targeted and balanced development in collaboration with local authorities.
I support decentralization, and balanced and targeted distribution of resources and development because Malawi already has structures of devolution and decentralization in place. Policies, papers, roadmaps and thesis have been on this subject written for years. We just do not have the will to use or implement them. In the 2014 elections, Malawi brought back the provision of Ward Councillorship to the mix. If we make such provisions and our Local Development Funds work, we will sing merry as one people, one nation moving forward together.
We can do this!