The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment has spread the Youth Building Zimbabwe Programme to Matebeleland North Province as it seeks to promote youth participation in social, economic and political development in the province.
The programme seeks to empower youths in all parts of the province under four categories namely, Youth Building which seeks to utilise youths for community development; Youth Orientation; Youth Volunteer Corp meant to help them gain experience in their chosen fields and Youth Development Studies which will see the development of professional youth workers.
Addressing stakeholders during an educational meeting in Hwange ,the Deputy Director in the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment in charge of National Youth Service Training, Cde Francis Potai, said it is vital for youths as future leaders of the country to understand the relationship between political parties and government, human resources, national as well as international issues, adding that young people need to understand the history of Zimbabwe and the position of the country in the region and the international community.
â€œWe are channelling youth energy to public works so as to improve the lives of those communities. Allow me to high light that all economies which have prospered made use of the youth energy. Why not us?
“This is in line with the African Youth Charter where Africa has agreed to facilitate youth development,â€ he explained.
Hwange Acting District Administrator, Mr. Mugove Hamadziripi, welcomed the development, saying the programme will promote discipline, justice, democracy and reduce cases of juvenile delinquency among youths in the district.
â€œThis programme is a welcome development here in Hwange District. I have no doubt it will bring about discipline, respect and democracy among our youths,â€ he said.
The youth programme will be cascaded down to ward level to ensure that the majority of youths, who constitute 63% of the population, are actively involved in development programmes.
The programme has seen the ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment sending delegations to other African states such as Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania on fact-finding missions to share ideas and best practices which will be used to develop the local programme.