By Maria Kandjungu
EXECUTIVE chairperson of the National Youth Council of Namibia Mandela Kapere says he is pleased with the eagerness shown by young people to take up issues of global sustainable development, adding that such talk among the youth is rare and should be encouraged. Kapere was speaking about the just-ended twoday youth conference in Ongwediva, which was hosted by the National Youth Council, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the European Union, Progress Namibia, AIESEC Namibia and the Internet Society
Namibia Chapter last week. The conference, themed ‘Youth for Global Goals’ (Y4GG), brought together young and senior leaders to form a diverse cross-sectoral, multi-generational space to engage in conversations about pressing global issues and to incorporate youth opinions into the official discourse. Kapere said he was pleased with the manner in which the engagement was undertaken, stating that the conference gave the youth a platform to converse among each other at a level they can relate, rather than being addressed. “In most cases you find that at this sort of conference we invite ministers, members of parliament or national leaders to speak to the youth. In
this case however the youth were among each other and they engaged with each other on issues they can relate to.” He added that the conference was unique in the way it engaged the youth on global sustainable development, a topic – according to him – that is rarely discussed by the youth.
“There is little conversation that links the youth to global sustainability, so there is a need for diversify topics of discussion among the youth,” he said, adding that most of the time the youth are engaged in issues like sports and rarely on other crucial topics, such as health or sustainable development.
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