Government has intensified ways aimed at addressing the challenges that youths are facing countrywide.
Ministry of Youth and Sport Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said one of the ways in which government intends to address the challenges is through the construction of skills training centres were youths can acquire technical skills in various fields such as carpentry and tailoring.
She said this during the official opening of a workshop dubbed Youth Coordination and Networking organized by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Lusaka today.
Mrs Musunga said government is working at empowering youths in order to acquire meaningful ways of sustaining their lives.
She said one of the prestigious youth training centres in the country is Mwange in Northern Province were youths are being empowered with self-sustainability skills.
Mrs Musunga said her ministry has also introduced the Youth Development Fund (YDF) were enterprising youths can access funds and set up their own businesses.
She said the ministry has also launched the National Youth Network on Population and Development (NYNPD) aimed at enhancing networking among youth organizations across the country.
The PS said her ministry is also working on the National Youth Policy to ensure that it is adjusted in line with current trends in the society.
Mrs Musunga observed that an integrated approach to youth matters by creating an enabling environment that will enable youths realize their potential.
And UNFPA Country Representative Mary Otieno said providing youths with a platform were they can freely discuss matters that affect them will enable them contribute effectively to national development.
Dr Otieno said enabling youths discuss issues of unemployment and HIV/AIDS will help them make informed decisions.
She noted that such forums will also build girls’ self-esteem as they are the most vulnerable victims of gender based violence and are married off at an early age.