Byo vendors launch a youth development policy

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BY PRAISEMORE SITHOL

The Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) has launched a policy document that aims to support youth development initiatives in the city.

This policy came at a time when a majority of young people in Bulawayo, and across the country, are unemployed and lack access to the means of production, making them socially and economically excluded and vulnerable to poverty.

BVTA director Michael Ndiweni said the youth population was estimated at 67.7%, but more than 80% of them were unemployed.

“It is relevant to develop policies that meet the needs of young people as a measure of revitalizing and empowering their personal development and community development among young people. Empowering young people creates conditions to limit demographic inequalities and exclusion, ”said Ndiweni.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is transforming the type of work done, the way it is done and lifestyles in general. Equipping young people to exploit 4IR opportunities creates desirable conditions for further exploitation of new media to amplify urgency and advocacy on youth issues and community development at large ”, a- he declared.

Ndiweni said the policy document was born out of the need to have programming and advocacy principles to identify clear goals and objectives to support youth development by mainstreaming and mainstreaming youth issues into initiatives and programs. process in Bulawayo.

“Through active participation, young people are empowered to play a role in their own development as well as that of their community. Youth participation is important because if they are excluded and not empowered, young people fail to reach their potential, such as gaining stable and gainful employment and contributing to community development, ”he said. .

Ndiweni said the policy aims to create effective channels for cooperation and information exchange between young people, government agencies and other decision makers.

“The multiplicity of sectors and policies that influence the development outcomes of young people, the diversity among young people must take into account not only their needs and aspirations, but also the systems and processes that hold their development.

“The policy encourages and promotes youth-led organizations and the important role they play in supporting youth civic engagement, capacity building and the provision of non-formal education through financial support and technique and the promotion of their activities, ”he said.

Ndiweni said the policy aims to strengthen the participation and inclusion of young people with disabilities in decision-making processes on an equal basis with others.

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