Youth want to be involved in national matters

Youth want to be involved in national matters

THE youth wings of five political parties have called on the National Youth Council (NYC) to distribute the Vision 2030 documents to young people across the country.

This call is contained in a declaration adopted by the first Political Youth Forum held at Heja Lodge in mid-October. The youth said these documents should be translated into local languages.”All youth activities in the country should orient their activities towards Vision 2030,” said the document.It was issued yesterday by Brian Riruako of the youth wing of Nudo, who chaired the conference.The declaration said young people must be involved in all phases of national development initiatives and should start public debates on Vision 2030.The forum said education must be free for children and young people across the country, particularly at the pre-primary and primary level.”A fund must be created to provide assistance for learners at primary educational facilities to cover the school development funds costs collectively rather than through the contribution of learners,” the forum urged.The forum also noted a lack of interest in politics among young white Namibians and called on Government and other stakeholders to make sure that they are engaged in reconciliation activities so that they can take part.The Namibian Constitution should also be distributed to young people in Namibia so that they can learn and understand their rights and responsibilities.Furthermore, the document said young people needed to understand Namibia’s position on international affairs.The forum wants the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to engage the youth on Namibia’s White Paper on Foreign Policy.The five political parties represented at the forum were Swapo, Nudo, the Republican Party, DTA and Swanu.The conference was organised by the National Youth Council and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.The youth said these documents should be translated into local languages.”All youth activities in the country should orient their activities towards Vision 2030,” said the document.It was issued yesterday by Brian Riruako of the youth wing of Nudo, who chaired the conference.The declaration said young people must be involved in all phases of national development initiatives and should start public debates on Vision 2030.The forum said education must be free for children and young people across the country, particularly at the pre-primary and primary level.”A fund must be created to provide assistance for learners at primary educational facilities to cover the school development funds costs collectively rather than through the contribution of learners,” the forum urged.The forum also noted a lack of interest in politics among young white Namibians and called on Government and other stakeholders to make sure that they are engaged in reconciliation activities so that they can take part.The Namibian Constitution should also be distributed to young people in Namibia so that they can learn and understand their rights and responsibilities.Furthermore, the document said young people needed to understand Namibia’s position on international affairs.The forum wants the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to engage the youth on Namibia’s White Paper on Foreign Policy.The five political parties represented at the forum were Swapo, Nudo, the Republican Party, DTA and Swanu.The conference was organised by the National Youth Council and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

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