Nthala represents unions
The Conference took place from November 26 to 29, 2019.
“I went in the capacity as a President for Malawi National Students Union, which has brought together union leaders from both public and private universities,” Nthala said.
The Conference whose theme was ‘ Unlocking the Core Value of higher education, in Southern Africa aimed at bringing together student leaders, activists, academics, institutional representatives as well as policy maker in order to exchange, share ideas and experiences around the promotion of inclusive education and role of student activists.
“We exist in a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and being part of such conference helps us not to be left behind in regional matters. So basically, Malawi National Students Union is in its final stages of registration with only the certificate remaining, as we wait for the approval from the Minister of Justice, “ he explained.
MNSU is being involved in a number of activities, one of which is the participation in regional summits and leaders of all union councils.
The vision is to see that all union leaders( public and private) uniting and advocating for better change in the academic arena.
“Everything I learned from the Zimbabwe summit will be shared to the union leaders in our next meetings. We would like to have an academic environment where students are involved and adequately allowed in the formulation and advancement of policies that affect them, “ he added.
Other participants available at the conference were from Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, south Africa, Swaziland and Namibia.