The Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi has spoken out about the International Youth Day scheduled for the 12th of August at the Media Centre today.
“This is a day celebrated every year to evaluate the interventions we have put in place to empower the youth of our country. It also provides an excellent opportunity for us to audit our interventions in the empowerment of our young people,” she told press in Kampala on Monday.
This year’s International Youth Day celebrations will take place at St. Charles Lwanga College in Koboko District with President Museveni as chief guest under the theme: “The road to 2030; Eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption.”
She said that the theme is tended to meet three specific Sustainable Development goals which include
ending poverty in all its forms, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.
She also added, “Government will focus strongly on the Presidential Guiding Principle 21 on youth development.”
Under these, she mentioned issues like raising the ideological level of the youth, fundamental skills development base of young people, mindset change and productivity enhancement, Reproductive health enhancement and deliberate efforts to invest and promote the creative industry thus – music, dance and drama, sports and games plus the tourism sector.
“We can make a difference in the lives of our young people by eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption.”