First Junior National Council opens

25 May 2017 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAY (NAMPA) – The First Junior National Council (JNC) officially opened on Wednesday in the capital.
The 42 members, who were drawn from all 14 regions, will represent Namibia’s 121 constituencies for two years.
The first session is taking place under the theme ‘Parliament engages youth perspective on the Sustainable Development Goals’.
Speaking during the official opening, NC Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams said the body aims to develop a generation of young people who are politically aware and responsible citizens by introducing the process of making laws and the electoral process at an early age.
The composition of the JNC’s membership is balanced between boys and girls; and between those living in rural and urban areas.
Mensah-Williams said the NC also intends to instil an understanding of the concept of the separation of powers between the branches and levels of Government, whilst preparing the youth to become active in decision-making and mentorship.
The JNC will during this session discuss issues related to gender equality, economic development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We have to act in unison to stop any form of violence against any human being and in particular against children, women and youth, child marriages and child labour,” Mensah-Williams said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Presidential Advisor on Youth Matters and Enterprise Development, Daisry Mathias said the platform creates an opportunity for the council to make a national contribution, serve communities and develop their personal acumen.
“You are encouraged to remain in touch with the realities on the ground, keeping your feet firmly on the ground and to continue engaging your networks and community, to deepen knowledge and understanding of the issues of the day,” Mathias said.