youths888.jpgA National Youth Policy Review meeting has been held in the capital and is expected to identify and analyse the needs of the youths and empower them by creating an enabling environment for development.

 

The current National Youth Policy was developed in the year 2000 after carrying out an extensive consultative process. 

 

Since its inception, the National Youth Policy has never been reviewed. It is against this background that government has launched the review programme which will identify and analyse the needs of the youth.

Officiating at the launch, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Cde Savior Kasukuwere said the new policy should be multi-sectoral in nature in order to holistically address young people’s challenges.

“In line with the African Youth Charter, the reviewed policy shall advocate equal opportunities for women and young men,” said Cde Kasukuwere.

Turning to the issue of the constitution-making process, Cde Kasukuwere urged young people to actively participate in the making of the new constitution, noting that the youth have not been forthcoming in attending COPAC outreach meetings.

“I urge you to participate in the constitution-making process, this is a serious matter and you should attend in your numbers and ensure that all issues that concern you are articulated,” added Minister Kasukuwere.

Besides constituting a significant proportion of the national population, the youth is a crucial constituency in the provision of labour needed to turn around the country’s economy.