African youth urged to create equitable, inclusive continent

Martin Endjala

President Hage Geingob has urged on young generations of Africa to break barriers and create equitable inclusivity for all.

Namibia joined in with the global community in commemorating African Youth Day on 1 November 2022.

The day is dedicated to highlighting the challenges and contributions of young Africans to the cultural, political, and socio-economic development of their communities.

This year’s Africa Youth Day is celebrated under the theme: ‘’Breaking the Barriers to Meaningful Youth Participation and Inclusion in Advocacy’’.

Geingob said that today is Africa Youth Day, which marks the beginning of Africa Youth Month, emphasising that today should not only be seen as a mere commemoration.

The theme Geingob said is a ‘’challenge for us to re-evaluate and re-examine our commitment to our shared Agenda 2063,’’ Geingob explained.

“The Africa We Want. The voices of our youth, their actions, and their advocacy, as well as their engagement, should be a beacon of hope for positive change in the development of our continent”, said the President.

He continued saying that the day is a celebration of young Africans who have taken the initiative and continue to be active participants in their individual and collective capacities in contributing to the realization of the vision of a prosperous and peaceful Africa.

Similarly, Geingob said, he recognizes the various challenges facing the youth that are holding them back from reaching their full potential and their ability to make meaningful contributions to driving sectors of the African economy.

Namibia is said to have broken down the barriers and that youth are active and meaningful participants in the political, cultural, and socio-economic architecture of the country.

Geingob further committed Namibia to doing more under the Social Progression and Economic Advancement Pillars of the Harambee Prosperity Plan II.

“The Government of the Republic of Namibia is dedicated to fostering synergetic partnerships with stakeholders who share the passion and dedication for inclusive growth in Namibia,” stated Geingob.

He thus stresses the need to advance the country’s economic development in a manner where no one is left out, particularly in supporting the youth in their endeavours and creating a conducive environment where the youth can become productive citizens and flourish in the Namibian House.

Namibia is further motivated by the undaunted spirit of many young people today who, despite many challenges, continue to work towards the attainment of Vision 2030 and the aspirations of Agenda 2063.

Namibia, Geingob said, continues to invest extensively in education and skill-building activities for its youth.

The president called on the private sector, civic and development partners to create similar opportunities so that the youth can gain practical skills and experience to be employed and to start their own businesses.

He said the government commitment is to ensure that it remains consistent with the National Youth Policy, where young people remain at the centre, to Namibia’s development agenda and constitute important human capital whose potential will continue to be leveraged.

He continued that on Africa Youth Day, which marks the beginning of Africa Youth Month, hands must be joined across generations to break down barriers and work together to create a more equitable and inclusive Africa for all.

The African Youth Charter, adopted in 2006, proclaims the 1st of November as Africa Youth Day.

“It is an irrefutable fact that youths are the heart and the foundation of society. Therefore, there is agreat need to increase awareness, commitment, and investment in youth”, the President pointed out.

By Observer