Thursday, October 29, 2009
THE commemoration of the African Youth Day this Sunday presents a unique opportunity to showcase the potentials of the African youth, reflect on progress made and design strategies to enhance their welfare, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said the commemoration would further provide the youth with a platform to promote their visibility.
He said it would also provide a platform for the youth to exhibit their skills at national level, thereby encouraging increased investment in youth development at local, regional and international levels.
The Minister was addressing a joint Press conference with the acting Unicef country representative, Mr Marc Rubin, ahead of the commemorations to be held at Africa Unity Square in the capital.
"The African Youth Day is a means to encourage innovation and creativity among young people, and to strengthen youth participation in various aspects of the economic, social and political development of their countries," said Minister Kasukuwere.
"It is also a means of strengthening solidarity and involvement of young people in actions promoting stability, peace and sustainable economic development."
He noted that this year’s commemoration comes at a time when there have been many positive developments in youth programmes in the continent.
The developments include Zimbabwe’s Ratification of the African Youth Charter in March 2009, which came into effect on August 8 2009 and the declaration of 2009 to 2018 as the African Youth Decade.
Speaking at the same occasion, Mr Rubin hailed Zimbabwe for showing commitment to issues related to youth and child participation.
He said the African Youth Day should also be a reminder of the role of the youths in Africa’s development.