Government says it recognizes youths as strategic partners in the development process of the country.
Speaking when he officially opened a national workshop on the longitudinal study on the impact of the “building young futures” programme in Lusaka today, Youth and Sport Minister Vincent Mwale says youth if well harnessed and nurtured have the potential to contribute positively to sustainable national development.
Mr. Mwale says government is aware of the challenges the Zambian youths are facing and has since revised the national youth policy to make it responsive to the current global trends on youth development and the emerging political, socio economic and demographic shifts in the country.
He explains that government is happy that stakeholders are supplementing government efforts in addressing the challenges youths are facing by implementing a number of complementary programs.
Mr Mwale has since assured the youth of government’s commitment to addressing their challenges and improving their livelihoods.
And speaking earlier, Barclays Bank Zambia Managing Director Saviour Chibiya says 7,000 youths have so far benefited from the building young futures programme.
Mr Chibiya is hopeful that this will translate into reduced high unemployment levels among the youth.
And in a speech read on his behalf by Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Joshua Kakaire, UNICEF country Representative Hamid Bashir says it is clear that the building young future programme is addressing a need not only of the youth, but of the country as well.