Youth urged to start being leaders now

04 Mar 2019 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – Youth Leadership Development Programme (YLDP) facilitator Uaraera Tjaveondja has told young people to stop postponing their leadership ambitions and start being leaders now.
He said they need to rid themselves of the mentality of youth being leaders of tomorrow.
Tjaveondja was speaking at the launch of the 2019 YLDP in Windhoek on Saturday, where 31 representatives from different youth organisations were selected to be part of this year’s training programme.
The development programme is the brainchild of the National Youth Council (NYC) in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The main aim of the programme is to “empower young aspiring leaders with leadership skills to stay relevant and navigate the social, economic and political complexities of the 21st century”. It has been in existence since 2007 and one of their former graduates is the Affirmative Repositioning’s Job Amupanda.
Tjaveondja said young people should move away from the idea that youth are leaders of tomorrow because that idea is holding them back, and leadership is not something the youth cannot handle.
“Young people are not leaders of tomorrow - that is just a postponement. If youth want things to change, act now. If you want to do something just do it now, do it today, don’t postpone it just because you think the task is way too big,” said Tjaveondja.
NYC programme coordinator Ileni Henguva reminded the young leaders that they are fortunate to be selected as they were chosen from a large pool of over 60 applicants, and should grab the opportunity with both hands.
Ester Hamukoto, the founder of Esh-Ham Business Consultants, who was part of the invited guest speakers to share her experiences and inspire others as a young leader, said she started her business with little capital a few years ago and now employs 11 people.
“You don’t need massive capital to start a business, all you need is a dream and vision and if you have that combined, you will make it,” said Hamukoto.