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Mohadi presents national youth policy plan

By Nompumelelo Sibanda

CABINET yesterday approved the Revised National Youth Policy:   2020 – 2025, which was presented by Vice President Kembo Mohadi in his capacity as chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Social Services and Poverty Eradication.

Mohadi said having noted the prevailing challenges faced by the youth and noting the need to facilitate the empowerment and well-being of the youth, Government undertook wide stakeholder consultations across the country and came up with the proposed Policy.

The Policy seeks to create an empowered youth which is actively involved in national development. It comprises four (4) thematic areas namely:

  • Education and Skills Development;
  • Employment and Entrepreneurship;
  • Youth Governance and Participation; and
  • Health and Well-being, and fifteen (15) strategic areas to achieve the total development of the youth.

Five of the strategic areas pay special attention to cross-cutting issues, namely: gender mainstreaming; inclusivity; information communication technology; data and research as well as youth co-ordination and mainstreaming.

The Policy has adopted the integrated multi-sectoral approach to youth development and empowerment, putting emphasis on mainstreaming youths in Zimbabwe by systematically integrating their issues into all development programmes and projects at all levels and within all sectors, both public and private.

The mainstreaming of youths in line Ministries will ensure that Government Departments will work in a more coordinated, cooperative and harmonised manner when designing and delivering programmes and services which address youth development needs and opportunities.

The establishment of youth focal desks in Government Departments will ensure that youth issues are mainstreamed in all facets of national development including having access to productive resources and opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, mining, tourism, manufacturing, sport, arts and recreation.

The youth focal desks will facilitate operationalisation of provisions of Section 20 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe in terms of implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting by the respective line Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Local Authorities will play a pivotal role in the establishment of Youth Interact Centres, a youth-led project which enables easy peer-to-peer knowledge exchange.

Mohadi also said youths will continue to play an integral role in the realisation of the national vision to transform the country into an upper middle income economy by 2030, as they account for 36 percent of the population, and have the energy, creativity and ideas for developing the country. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺

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