This and other exciting questions were raised at our conference on sustainable development in Malawi — jointly hosted by Spire and our partner organization, Network for Youth Development, from June 26-7.

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The conference brought together over 30 participants from national TV reporters to law students, young activists to high school teachers. Both rural and urban Malawians attended as well as two representatives from a partner organization in Zambia…

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…and us! We, Caroline and Elyse, represented Spire.

For the past two months, we have been planning the conference via email with our co-hosts in Network for Youth Development, Pilira and Amakhosi. This week, we finally met in person — a friendly and fun meeting in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa.’

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We quickly found our place in the bright and friendly NfYD offices, finalizing conference preparations while enjoying African music and sharing family photos on Facebook.

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At the conference,we gave presentations about Spire as an organization,  campaign-planning, sustainable development in Norway, and rights for future generations. We also led a very successful theatre workshop where the participants acted out issues of sustainable development that affected their local communities. Through such activities and discussions after the presentations, we were able to spot the unique challenges for Norwegian and Malawian youth in promoting a sustainable future.

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At the good-bye dinner, we shared Chinese noodles and thoughts about the conference. Our NyFD hosts presented us with a traditional chitenje cloth to remember our time in Malawi…and a secret gift we will wait to open at the next KG meeting! Overall, our time in Malawi has helped us build our relationship with NfYD and spread the Spire message of sustainability to a new and wider audience. Zikomo kwambili to all involved for a wonderful conference!

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