The 8th Africa Scout Youth Forum kicked off in the capital with more than 50 participants and observers from different countries across the world.

The forum seeks to come up with strategies towards improving the standards of living of youth across the globe.

In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of the ongoing forum, outgoing Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe said government is in the process of reviving the National Youth Policy to ensure young people are strategically positioned to play a central role for the development of the country.

“The revised policy will provide a guiding framework for implementing youth development programmers in more coordinated multi-sectoral manner,” he said.

Youth adviser World Scout Committee Mr Julius Kramer from Sweden also said they are in the country to make sure that scout movements fully complement the sustainable development goals for youth empowerment.

“The aim of this forum is make sure that young people get knowledge and skills to uplift their way of living,”        he said.

Chairman of the forum Mr Solomon Idopise Ehim from Nigeria added that once young people are given the platform to share their life experiences with each other they can become innovative in coming up with ideas to transform their social standing.

“Our focus is to have youths that are creative and innovative in bringing new ideas that improve the people lives,” he said.

Some of the participants said they really enjoy the programme which is done in an educational manner.

Scout Movement is an educational movement aimed at creating a better world and the forum is running under the theme, “Scouting Africa: Building the Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals”.