Finnies calls for youth to be enabled

15 Sep 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 SEP (NAMPA) - The Deputy Speaker of the fourth session of the Namibian Children’s Parliament, Shaandre Finnies has called on Namibian political leaders to capacitate the youth in order for them to contribute to democracy.
Finnies, who was addressing the youth at the International Day of Democracy commemoration in the capital on Monday, explained that once enabled, the youth can also assist in development.
He commended Government for introducing platforms such as the Children’s Parliament and junior councils for the voice of the youth to be heard, but noted that it is important for the youth to become part of the decision-making process.
“We don’t just want to be heard, but also capacitated,” he stated.
Finnies also called on young people to become responsible citizens by getting involved and engaging in politics, and to show political maturity so political leaders can take them seriously.
“We need to show political maturity and involvement so our government can take young people seriously,” he stated.
He went on to say politicians in Namibia believe that young people do not want to engage in public discourse and politics, which he said is not the case.
“The youth face various challenges such as poverty which contribute to them not getting involved in politics, youth meetings and other engagements of national importance,” Finnies said.
He reiterated his call for Namibian leaders to create an enabling environment for youth to contribute to development and politics in the country.
He also stressed that in as much as Namibia faces various challenges, the youth need to realise that the country’s leaders fought for political freedom and it is therefore the responsibility of the youth to fight for economic freedom.
The Deputy Speaker further called on young people to vote in the upcoming national elections and to engage the Children’s Parliament as it wants to create a link between the youth and legislature.
The United Nations (UN) in 2007 resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy.