African Union Youth Club Namibia launched

15 Nov 2017 21:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – An African Union Youth Club (AUYC) Namibia was launched here on Wednesday to advocate for the ratification of the African Youth Charter.
The club was created to foster young people’s participation in the rolling out of activities that aim to achieve Africa’s aspirations as stipulated in the Agenda 2063.
Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of Africa over the next 50 years. It builds on and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
In a speech delivered on her behalf, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Corporation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the youth are the leaders of tomorrow and should do things differently and better to drive the change across the continent for a prosperous, integrated and politically united Africa.
“The aspirations of Agenda 2063 cannot be realised if adequate investment is not made in the youth who constitute a large per cent of the African population,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She emphasised that AUYC Namibia should support efforts aimed at popularising the Charter at national level and advocate for incorporation of the Charter within the working programmes and policies on youth development.
“It is very important for every African country to provide quality education and create job opportunities for the youth, and the process should be inclusive to ensure that no youth feels left out,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The Charter aims to strengthen, reinforce and consolidate efforts to empower young people through meaningful youth participation and equal partnership in driving Africa's development agenda.
African Union Regional Delegate to Southern Africa, Dr Auguste Ngomo said in a speech read on his behalf the expectation of the African Union Southern African Regional Office (AU-SARO) is to see AUYC fully established in all higher learning institutions and secondary schools to ensure that African youth are given a platform where they will be able to contribute meaningfully to the Agenda 2063, which is themed ‘The Africa We Want’.
The AUYC was launched by AU-SARO on 16 June this year in South Africa, where Ester Simon was appointed as the Coordinator of AUYC Namibia Chapter.
Speaking at the event, Simon said the club shall work with stakeholders to lobby the government to implement the mandates regarding the African Youth Charter.
“The club will strive to be empowered to analyse decision-making through mapping out who can make the right decisions and who can influence the decision makers regarding various issues affecting young people,” she said.