At our PYAO, our philosophy includes the following: a. Equality Youth work challenges oppression and inequality. Equality is at the core of our work with youth; it means understanding that youth are not a homogenous group but rather all sorts of people within an age category with diverse backgrounds and needs. Promoting equality means promoting acceptance of the differences in young people that spring from race, sexual identity, gender, disability, age, social behaviour, HIV status, or other characteristics b. Education At PYAO, we believe that activities, projects, initiatives and personnel that work with young people should be geared at enabling the young people to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values required to identify, advocate for, and purse their rights and responsibilities both as individuals and as members of communities, at local and national levels. c. Participation Participation is essential role of citizens in a democracy-not only their right but their duty. Participation may take many forms: standing for election, voting, debating issues, attending community meetings, being members of voluntary organizations, paying taxes, or even protesting. PYAO`s work, founded on this principle, challenges youth to share responsibilities and to become equal partners in the learning processes and decision-making structures that affect their own and other people`s lives. d. Empowerment Youth workers should encourage and enable young people to understand their rights and responsibilities so that they are able to act on personal, social, economic, political, and technological issues which affect their lives and the lives of others, as responsible citizens of their communities Catchment Area Phalombe district (Six Traditional Authorities – Mkhumba, Kaduya, Jenala, Chiwalo, Nazombe and Nkhulambe)
Phalombe Youth Arms 2020