Youths of Mufulira District joined their counterparts Countrywide in celebrating the March 12 day, the 2019 Youth Day entitled “ZAMBIAN YOUTH: GENERATION UNLIMITED” at Shinde Stadium, the home of Mighty Mufulira Wanderers.
The Ceremony was addressed by the District Youth Chair Person Mr. Martin Bwalya and the District Commissioner Madam Hilda Kawesha who was also the Guest of honor. Present at the Youth Day ceremony were, His Worship the Mayor Gift Mushinge, the Provincial Chair and Vice Chairlady for PF, Opposition party representatives, the Acting Town Clerk, Heads of Government Institutions, heads of Government and Private schools among others.
In her speech the DC said that the theme was at the centered of the United Nations’ 2030 strategy and that youth generation was unlimited in that it would compliment and build on the already existing programs that supported adolescents and young people of Zambia.
She stated that youths in Zambia were the majority with both social and economic implications adding that, youths were regarded as a resource for development because of their positive contribution to the country.
“At national level, youth unemployment rate is very high with an age range of 15 to 24 years standing at 15.2%, while for an age range of 25 to 34 years old stands at 10% with majority of these who are employed being in the informal sector with low quality jobs,” she observed.
She admitted that Youth unemployment in Mufulira District was still high but quickly pointed out that with the youth policy and development plan in place, a direction and new approaches to tackling youth challenges of unemployment, hunger, poverty and other issues could be mitigated. While not just sitting idle, Government was occupied with a number of youths initiatives aimed at empowering the youth citing Information Communication Technology Centers, TEVETA Skills funds, Youth in Transport Business initiatives, HIV/AID programmes, Youth exchange inituiative, Fish and livestiock initiatives, Small Scale Mining on old slag sites, youth resettlement schemes in Mpongwe and Mporokoso, Mufumbwe infrastructure development, mentorship, internship among others.
“At national level, youth unemployment rate is very high with an age range of 15 to 24 years standing at 15.2%, while for an age range of 25 to 34 years old stands at 10% with majority of these who are employed being in the informal sector with low quality jobs”
”In order to accelerate youth development in Mufulira District, my administration will seek to strengthen the capacity of Government and stakeholders to engage young people and to ensure that the work of youth issues is pursued in a coordinated, coherent and holistic manner”, she committed.
She pledged that her office would join hands with various Government Institutions, Corporate entities, Churches, NGOs that undertook activities that were aimed at either empowering the youth or recognizing the work of the youth towards national development in an effort aimed at promoting youth development in the district.
The District Youth Chairperson, Martin Bwalya earlier said that the potential and opportunities for the youth were indeed unlimited and advised youths to be active. He told the youths to follow the guidance of the Head of State. He reminded the District Commissioner that youths were still being dogged by a lot of challenges. Some of the biggest challenges were unemployment and lack of adequate skills training centers. He advised the DC to consider Mufulira youths first whenever opportunities presented before considering youths from other districts.