Youth development policy and strategy launched

04 August 2016 | Society

Leandrea Louw - A baseline study by the Swakopmund Youth Development shows that 65% of the youth of Swakopmund is unemployed, with the overall rate of youth unemployment in Namibia standing at 29.6%.

Due to this and numerous other challenges faced by the youth, the Swakopmund municipality developed a youth development policy and strategy.
The Swakopmund Youth Development Policy seeks to grant the local youth a platform for growth, active participation in development ­programmes, decision making, social and cultural wellbeing, education and skills training and leading lifestyles.
“Namibia, like many of its neighbours, faces many challenges varying from unemployment, HIV/Aids, alcohol and drug abuse and an ­alarming high number of school drop-outs without the minimal skills for ­productive employment. Other challenges our youth faces include limited access to capitalise their micro businesses. Despite good business ideas, the youth is seen as high-risk clientele as it lacks prerequisite collateral. As a result, financial institutions turn down their requests for project funding, thereby negatively impacting on the lives of young people,” Jerry Ekandjo, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, said.
The baseline study, policy and ­strategy are all guided by six pillars, namely poverty, youth health and welfare, youth economic participation, youth education and skills development, youth sport and recreation and youth civic and political participation.
Governor of the Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, said the mindset of the Namibian youth is not focused. “Our youth are focused on drug and alcohol abuse, not completing their school education, anger towards the government and they are always complaining. If I were to compare the mindset of our youth with that of China, their mindset is the total opposite, where they focus all their energies on creating and inventing new things.”
Mayor of Swakopmund, Pauline Ndahafa Nashilundo, said the municipality of Swakopmund remains committed and dedicated to create an enabling environment in order to improve the overall socio-economic wellbeing of the youth of Swakopmund.

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