Kantema-Gaomas encourages youth to get into leadership

10 Mar 2019 15:10pm
RUNDU, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – The Executive Director in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Emma Kantema-Gaomas has encouraged young people to take up leadership positions for their voices to be amplified.
Kantema-Gaomas was speaking at the Swapo Party Youth League’s Regional Executive Committee meeting in the Kavango East Region held here over the weekend, where their activities for the year were drawn up.
“Despite the general good ranking in the global community, the presence of youth in leadership positions among those who are active volunteers is lagging behind,” she said.
Kantema-Gaomas said Namibia is ranked ninth and 41st in the world in youth political and civic participation, respectively.
She thus urged the young people to enhance the visibility of the youth structures, to promote participation of youth at different levels and to be inclusive of different youth groups.
“In this way, we can guarantee the building of opportunities to develop and empower the successor generation,” she told the meeting.
Kantema-Gaomas called on the young people to take up leadership positions in the party at district, branch and section levels.
“By getting into leadership structures and positions, your voices will be amplified,” she stressed.
The executive director, who was invited to speak as she is originally from Kavango East, said successfully engaging young people in structures that can shape their lives and build their capacities as social actors can be a crucial factor in their positive development as leaders.
This, she added, will further enhance the youth’s role as active citizens.
“Comrades, how can we demonstrate that we are ready, we are competent, if we are not prepared? How can the current leaders trust us to take over if we don’t demonstrate our capacity?” Kantema-Gaomas asked.
She further advised attendees to give elders the respect they deserve so that generations after them can emulate the respect they portray.