Ngwazi Zazikazi Story Writing Competition organisers to award winners

STEP in collaboration with National Youth Council of Malawi –NYCOM will on Thursday 26th October 2017 award winners for Ngwazi Zazikazi story writing competition which run from March to August 2017.

The prize presentation ceremony will take place at Salima Technical College in Salima as part of this year’s International Youth Day commemoration.

NYCOM which facilitated the competition says over 350 entries were received in total for all the three categories namely Stories, Poetry and Video submissions.

The first and second positions in all categories will receive a prize money of USD300 and USD200 respectively whilst on third positions USD100 will be given.

Commenting on how the competition has been, Program Assistant for Youth Participation and Empowerment at National Youth Council of Malawi, Felix Chiyenda, said that as organisers they are satisfied with the participation which among others shows that the competition brought about excitement from students to out of school young people as well, and that the aim of the competition has also been achieved

“The stories that we received clearly demonstrated how women are breaking gender stereotypes by venturing into fields that traditionally have been dominated by men. We want to share the winning stories with youth to motivate them; that with the right attitude, mind-set and support from the wider community they can do it as the Ngwazi Zazikazi have already demonstrated to us” said Chiyenda.

The competition which was launched during the International Women Day commemoration in March 2017 aimed at celebrating valiant women who are shaping a positive Malawi by breaking gender stereotypes.

Ngwazi Zazikazi story writing competition which targeted youth from 10 to 25 years old across Malawi is part of the STEP objectives that is to promote equitable and gender-based access to Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training-TEVET.

STEP is implemented by UNESCO with funding from the European Union.


For more information on Ngwazi Zazikazi Story Writing Competition contact National Youth Council of Malawi P/Bag 389 Lilongwe or Program Assistant (YPE) Felix Chiyenda on 0999739358 or email

And for more information on STEP contact the Communications Officer, Jacqueline Mpeni on 0991806444 or email