By Devota Mwachang’a
Tanzanian government plans to review national youth policy in a bid to improve their lives as well as finding out solutions which will improve their aspirations, ambitions and realities.
“The government is aware of the challenges facing youth in the country, and it has responsibility to deal with youth’s plans and expectations,” the Prime Minister's Office Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama has revealed.
Mhagama make remarks at the marking of International Youth Day which cerebrated on a national level at Nyerere square grounds in Dodoma. This year’s message encourages “Promoting the active involvement of youth in maintaining peace and security”.
The Minister promised to work on the youth’s recommendations for their brighter future, and wanted cooperation between the government and youth across the country.
She urged youth to maintain the existing peace and not admit on being divided by political affiliation or in any way. “You shouldn’t agree to be used in destroying national peace and security.”
Juma Chikoka alias 'Chopa Mchopanga', who is a Bongo movies star was among youth attended the event, said: “Peace is the only gift that Tanzanian have blessed with, youth should be a peace-keeper and be against anyone who will attempt to destroy our peace.”
Tanzania has the tenth largest youth population globally. With 66% under the age of 25 already, and the figure set to rise significantly, under-standing young people and their situation is critical in Tanzania.
The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Peace building is hosting an event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday, 11 August 2017 to commemorate International Youth Day 2017 under the theme ‘Youth Building Peace’.
International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirmed that “Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security”.
Goal 16 aims to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The World Programme of Action for Youth, which provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people.