Unicaf University and HRDC MoU

Unicaf University and the HRDC Join Hands to Promote Education and Human Rights in Malawi

Unicaf University, the leading provider of online, quality higher education in Malawi, and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have come together in a landmark partnership aimed at fostering education and advocating for human rights in Malawi. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony took place on April 24th, marking the beginning of a collaborative effort to empower individuals through education while promoting human rights awareness across the nation.

The event, held at the Unicaf University campus in Malawi, saw the presence of distinguished representatives from both Unicaf University and HRDC, including:

Gift Trapence, HRDC National Chairperson

Kelvin Chirwa, HRDC National Coordinator

Ali Mwachande, Deputy Chairperson for HRDC Central Region

Dr R. Ridley, Vice-Chancellor of Unicaf University in Malawi

Dr Levi Manda, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Unicaf University

Established in 2017, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has been at the forefront of protecting and supporting human rights defenders (HRDs) in Malawi. Comprising various civil society organisations, including the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), and the Malawi Law Society (MLS), HRDC boasts a membership of over 5,000 individuals dedicated to upholding human rights principles in the country.

Speaking at the event, Gift Trapence, HRDC National Chairperson, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating that education is a fundamental tool for empowering individuals and communities. By partnering with Unicaf University, he aims to enhance access to quality education while promoting awareness about human rights issues, ultimately contributing to a more informed and empowered society.

Dr Robert Ridley, Vice-Chancellor of Unicaf University in Malawi, echoed similar sentiments, emphasising the institution’s commitment to making education accessible to all. “At Unicaf University, we believe in the transformative power of education. Through this partnership with HRDC, we are not only providing opportunities for individuals to pursue higher education but also engaging in meaningful dialogue and action to uphold human rights values in Malawi,” Dr Ridley remarked.

As part of the collaboration, Unicaf University and HRDC are exploring the possibility of working on various initiatives, including educational workshops, awareness campaigns, and research projects, aimed at promoting human rights education and advocacy across Malawi.

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