President Rupiah Banda is this Friday December 10, 2010 expected to grace the Lusaka Province Youth Indaba slated for Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development Permanent Secretary Teddy Mulonga disclosed the development at a press briefing in Lusaka today.
Mr Mulonga said government will continue to engage youths through regional and national indabas and symposia in order to afford them an opportunity to discuss issues concerning their wellbeing, the socio-political and economic development of the nation and the role they are expected to play in national development.
The Sport Permanent Secretary stated that President Banda has the interests of the youths at heart, and wants them to participate fully in the issues of governance, economic and political development.
He said the President desires that the youth get involved in the political process of the country as they have a lot to offer.
The indaba will be held under the theme “Let the Youth be Heard; Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”.
Mr Mulonga said the Lusaka Province indaba is an activity of the Zambian government to participate in commemorating the United Nations International Year of the youths that was declared on December 18, 2009.
“The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the year commencing 12 August, 2010 as the International Year of Youth under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. The year has coincided with the 25th anniversary of the firstInternational Youth Year in 1985 on the theme ‘Participation, Development and Peace”, he explained.
Mr Mulonga stated that the International Year for Youth is a call to every youth in Zambia to promote the ideals of peace, freedom, progress and solidarity towards the promotion of youth development and the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs).
He said the theme is equally appropriate as the country nears the 2011 general elections which demands for peace and co-existence.
Mr Mulonga urged the youths in the country to play a critical role in maintaining peace and social harmony before, during and after the 2011 general elections.
Mr Mulonga stated that recent studies have shown that today’s young people are the best educated youth generation in the history of mankind and hence they represent a tremendous resource for the development and advancement of society.
He said now is the time for a sustained effort at both national and global level on youth development that comprises actions and investments that enable young people to build and utilize their human capital and become productive adults.
Mr Mulonga stressed that government through his ministry has come up with programmes meant at wholesomely developing youth into an empowered, responsible and patriotic citizens capable of contributing positively to national development.
He said government is determined to make the youth a force behind Zambia ’s economic and social development, saying government wants the youth to be the drivers of economic development and not just beneficiaries of the development process.