06 Sep 2016 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) - The government is committed to inclusive national youth development through various platforms, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo has said.
Ekandjo reaffirmed government's commitment to youth development in a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the national youth development seminar in the capital on Monday.
The seminar, which is being hosted by the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and National Youth Council, is taking place under the theme 'Putting youth at the heart of development.
We continue to put in place the necessary complementing and desired legal framework; and we commit to work towards creating conducive and appropriate structures required to yield desired outcomes, he said.
Ekandjo said young people are expected to be active participants at the seminar in order to craft their own destiny and ensure a better tomorrow for themselves and generations to come.
Another objective of the seminar is to set the pace for further consultations on the review of the National Youth Policy.
The minister said the reviewed policy should address the prevailing situation amongst the youth as reflected and documented in the 2016 Youth Status Report, also to be presented during the seminar.
Ekandjo said there is a need to formulate a National Youth Development Act and regulations informed by the reviewed National Youth Policy and other international developments.
I instruct that we explore and benchmark from other countries which have such an Act in place. I am also appealing to our development partners who are well versed in youth development and formulation of legal framework to assist our ministry in this regard, he said.
The current National Youth Policy was adopted by Cabinet in 2006 and at that time identified education and training, employment, globalisation, information and communication technology (ICT) and gender as contemporary youth development issues.
Speaking at the same occasion, Africa Representative of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Forum of Young Parliamentarians, Norman Ndeuyeeka called on youth representatives in all 14 regions to engage communities in development issues such as education, poverty eradication and how to fight unemployment in the country.
The three-day seminar is being attended by over 300 youth representatives from all regions.