YOUTH, Sport and Child Development Minister Hon. Emmanuel Mulenga has directed officials in his ministry to consider holding a Youth Indaba in trying to help youths achieve their goals.
The minister said this when he graced the International Youth Day commemorations in Lusaka Tuesday morning under the theme: “Transforming Education”.
Hon Mulenga said the indaba will be a platform for youths and other concerned stakeholders to brainstorm and help young people to thrive.
“I would like to urge the director sitting here, to call for a Youth Indaba. Let’s sit down as young people and brainstorm. This will help us in achieving the goals that we have set for ourselves,” he said.
“It is possible for youths of this country to be their own boss, be an entrepreneur, employ others, create wealth and eventually help in reducing the unemployment levels in the country.”
Hon Mulenga stated that the Patriotic Front Government under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu has been working on improving the education system by making it accessible for all youths across the country.
He said this is the more reason why President Lungu has been instrumental and committed in including young people in decision making positions.
Hon Mulenga also indicated that the government embarked on the Skills Development Programme targeted at young people who may not have obtained formal education through the 25 youth resource centers across the country mainly in rural areas.
Speaking at the same event, Representing the United Nations Dr. George Okech observed the need for all stakeholders to work together and help the youths achieve their life goals.
Dr. Okech said in order for the young people to be proactive, there is need to invest in education and health so that they can contribute to social-economic development of Zambia.