By Fatsani Gunya
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera has called on all relevant stakeholders to consider supporting young people so that they realise their respective maximum potential.
Chakwera made the remarks on Friday, August 12, 2022 when he made a cameo at this year’s International Youth Day commemorations held at Civo Stadium in the Capital, Lilongwe.
Fully aware that the youth are integral to building a country’s social-economic growth, Chakwera said it would be prudent for this country to embrace and support the innovative ideas the country’s youth seem to be exploring.
“My administration remains committed to offering both a conducive environment and opportunities for young people to excel in life through their talent, academic output, career and community service,” he said.
The President was on his way to the Northern Region for this year’s Umthetho Cultural Festival which climaxes today (Saturday) at the historic Hora Mountain in Mzimba before he ordered his motorcade to detour to the the stadium where the youth had gathered for the day.
The annual Ngoni fest, mainly for the influencial Mmbelwa Kingdom, has bounced back this time around after a two-year Covid-19-induced break.
Before he left for the fest, the President also reiterated the significance of youth involvement in any nation building drive; arguing they were key in spurring Malawi’s socio-economic growth hence government and its partners need to “closely pay attention” in order to spot and promote talent for the betterment of the nation at large.
The President also pledged continued engagement with the youth so as to best serve them and their needs.
Chakwera said: “We will continue with youth-aligned policies and programs across the country for they are crucial in the transitioning of Malawi into a self-reliant and inclusively wealthy nation.”
Chakwera has since asked the country’s youth to follow their passion and work hard towards their set life goals, adding that things only work for workers.
In a related development, EU Ambassador to Malawi Rune Skinnebach took advantage of the International Youth Day Commemorations to meet and congratulate local athlete Asimenye Simwaka for what he called her outstanding performance at the just-ended Commonwealth Games in Britain.
Wrote the envoy on Twitter shortly after: “Her [Asimenye’s] story makes me believe that so many young people out there can chose to do something and become better.”
He also concurred with Chakwera on the need to capitalise on the full potential of the youth in the country’s pursuit of attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the country’s flagship Agenda 2063.
Said Skinnebach: “Inter-generation solidarity should help in taming stereotypes, prejudices & discrimination based on age. It is vital to foster social incoherence of ages to boost development.”
The International Youth Day falls on 12 August each year to mark the contribution of today’s youth to the development of society.
The day also seeks to raise voices against the injustice faced by the youth worldwide, acknowledging that the youth are not only tomorrow’s leaders; they are the drivers of change today.
UNDP under Malawi Green Corps project in partnership with Catholic Relief Services helped organise the commemorations whose theme was “Intergenerational Society: Creating A World for All Ages”.