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President Hichilema launches national youth policy


President Hakainde Hichilema has launched the National Youth Policy with a pledge to continue increasing bursaries to more students and universities.

The Policy would support wealth and job creation among the youth and ensure their contributions to national governance and development was meaningful and impactful.

Hichilema said this when he officiated at the National Youth Indaba and launched the National Youth Policy in Lusaka on Friday.

He noted that the youth had boundless opportunities and that government was committed to providing special attention to them.

“The Policy will strive to address the multiple challenges faced by the youth by coordinating the various interventions and initiatives being implemented by various stakeholders,” Hichilema stated.

He said the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Eastern, Western and Northern Africa regions had decided that the African populace, which was primarily composed of youth was not a problem but rather a big advantage to Zambia and Africa as a whole.

The President emphasized the importance of gender inclusivity, equity, and fairness particularly for government positions.

Hichilema cited the appointments of Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti, and Republican Vice President, Mutale Nalumango, among others as proof.

“Government would want to see more Counsellors, Members of Parliament who are women, youth and those with disability,” he added.

The President pledged that government would continue putting more money in education every year.

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Citing the importance of free education in preventing child marriages, Hichilema urged students and the youth in general to focus on their studies rather than being married.

“To encourage transparency, the government is streamlining paperwork for accessing loans at the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) and the Constituency Development Fund (CDF),”he said.

Education Minister, Douglas Syakalima, disclosed that all Secondary Schools that were left unfinished by the previous government have been budgeted for and will be completed soon.

Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, added that government had begun building a technical college in North Western province in conjunction with the Lumwana Mine.

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