Zambian Cabinet approves new blueprint for youth empowerment


The Zambian Cabinet has approved a new national youth policy that charts a way forward for the empowerment of youths in the country, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The Zambian Cabinet has approved the National Youth Policy in order to bring it in line with the African Youth Charter and other international statutes as well as new developments in the political, economic, technological and social environments, acting chief government spokesperson Ngosa Simbyakula said in a statement released.

The policy has put emphasis on the need for youth programming to address the transition from adolescence to youth hood and also putting in place effective exit strategies that prepare youths to be self-reliant, he added.
“To this end, the policy has revised the definition of a youth as a person of 18 to 35 to one of 15 to 35. The new policy also emphasizes youth mainstreaming as a key in enhancing youth participation in national development,” he said.

The policy further acknowledge that youths are not homogenous but are a heterogeneous group and has since segmented the youths into age brackets in order to provide a targeted approach for youths with similar characteristics and to ensure age- disaggregated data that could meet the different needs of the targeted youths.
The Zambian Cabinet has approved an Action Plan for Youth Empowerment and Employment which provides a comprehensive strategy that will facilitate the creation of employment and employment opportunities for the youths. Enditem



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