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2013: What’s next for the youth in Zimbabwe
Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust
September 16, 2013
have been urged to be creative under the current dispensation given
that the recent appointments in government do not promise much on
terms of fulfilling youth aspiration.
a YETT networking forum titled, Post Election
2013: What’s next for the Youth of Zimbabwe held at SAPES
trust, former Finance Minister and Mavambo Kusile Dawn leader, Dr
Simba Makoni called on young people to be innovative and not wait
for government to solve the problem of unemployment and youth vulnerability.
Kasukuwere who is 42 did not manage to solve youth challenges during
his tenure of office there is nothing much you can expect from the
new youth minister who is 60 years old,” he said. “There
is need to articulate policies that empower people to do things
for themselves, young people should aspire to be creative in the
way they make a living, although current circumstances compel young
people to be entrepreneurs.”
and answers, the conversation clearly showed the need for young
people to organize and work effectively with those in leadership
to prioritize youth issues in decision making.
need to come up with a very citizen way of addressing effectiveness
of the new government. Young people should demand quality service
and urge leaders to move away from politics of power to service”,
added Otto Saki, one of the four panelists that comprised of Pretty
Mubaiwa from Student
Christian Movement of Zimbabwe and Rosewita Katsande, YETT Programmes
The panel also
encouraged youths to depoliticize the youth sector and push for
a shared youth agenda across political divide. Rosewita suggested
non-partisan youth centers to provide spaces for youth peer engagement
and skills training. “There is need to create an apolitical
Youth Commission that addresses challenges faced by youth,”
Mubaiwa said participation of young women is generally low as they
live mostly in the private sphere, because the public sphere remains
largely male dominated.
should allow room for more women to participate as there has been
a violation of the new constitution, which stipulates that there
must be gender equality in all key government institutions”,
people still blamed lack of information as the main deterrent in
solving youth participation.
from the high-density suburbs of Budiriro where it is not easy for
some of my colleagues to get a dollar to purchase a newspaper and
most of the information channels are not accessible to youths in
marginalized areas, let alone platforms like these where I can engage
in conversations with key stakeholders,” commented one participant.
in the day, 50 young people from Harare, Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Bulawayo,
Hwange, Lupane, Plumtree, Mutare, Kwekwe and Kariba had gathered
to reflect on the participation of young people in the 31st July
Harmonized Elections and it was noted that youth participation apathy
was mainly as a result failure by political parties to articulate
strategies to put an end to youth challenges.
It was agreed
during the reflection meeting that young people need to rise above
political party politics and realize that what brings the youth
together is the common denominator of youthfulness. It was noted
that, awareness campaigns that were held in the run up to elections
presents an opportunity to drive youth participation but a call
was made to adopt strategies to ensure youth voices are shared.
was also noted an entry point to ensure that the government delivers
effective services to the people as parliament has align several
legal statues with the new constitution.
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