Amended Youth Bill heightens inclusion

By Varaidzo Zhakata
ZIMBABWEAN youths are poised for greater heights in the economic and political spheres of the country after the Government allowed for the amendment of the Zimbabwe Youth Bill.
The objective of the proposed Bill is to have all-encompassing legislation that addresses all youth sectors, align it to the Constitution, as well as the domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the SADC Declaration on Youth Development and Empowerment.
The Bill will provide for, among others, the following: empowerment of youths and their indispensable contributions to sustainable progress and change; mechanisms for active and meaningful participation of youths in nation building by mainstreaming them in social, economic and political spaces; and the establishment of Youth Focal Desks in all government ministries and departments, at all levels.
The minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry highlighted that apart from the Bill amendment, the ministry will also assist youths businesses to formalise by forming a partnership with the Registrar of companies.
The partnership comes after the ministry noted that many of the applicants for the Youth Relief Fund failed to get support because their businesses were not registered.
Hon Coventry said this at a virtual feedback meeting agenda hosted by the Zimbabwe Youth Council, where she announced government’s availing of the ZWL$17 million youth relief fund to registered youth businesses that were affected during the lockdown period.
“We are now assisting youth businesses to formalize through a partnership with Registrar of Companies having noted that majority of applicants for the Youth Relief Fund failed to get support because they were not registered,” highlighted Coventry.
Coventry also applauded the government for its inclusion of the youths on the fight against the COVID- 19 pandemic as this reflects that they are recognised in socio-economic activities.
“Progressively, youths are getting recognized by the government as evidenced by their inclusion in fighting the COVID- 19 pandemic through support in producing PPEs, support to innovation hubs, as well as the review of National Youth Policy which will pave way for a fully-fledged National Youth Act,” she said.

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