Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Sport Ministry commences National Youth Consultations

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs commenced its 2017 National Youth Consultations with its first public consultation on the National Youth Policy (NYP) held on September 9.

A statement from the Sport Ministry noted that the event was held at the National Racquet Centre. Several youth stakeholders were in attendance and gave their inputs on the current situation concerning youth issues in the country.

According to the Ministry, a number of positive ideas and solutions were proposed including:

  • strategies for collaboration with the MSYA and other agencies to assist youth with their daily challenges,
  • peer education programmes to help guide youth in the right direction,
  • leadership training for young persons in youth groups and clubs,
  • the Ministry to have a specific unit to provide advisory services in collaboration with other agencies to youth groups,
  • need for youth space for young persons to participate in positive activities.

The Ministry said the aim of the consultations on the NYP is to engage stakeholders to solicit their input regarding key areas that they would like to address in the policy. Some of these keys areas include content, objectives, achievements and stakeholder requirements.

The NYP is expected to detail the plans of the Government as well as the national community to provide guidance in all matters related to youth development. Prior to the consultations, suggestions and ideas that were gathered will be sent to Cabinet and once approved, will be used as the Government’s Youth Policy.

The Ministry said young people are partners in the development of the country and therefore need to be equally involved in the endeavours to move the country forward.

Other stakeholder consultations are scheduled to be held throughout the country until Saturday 21st October 2017.