By Jenifer James Ogawi
The ministry of culture youth and sports in partnership with the UNFPA and UNESCO launch South Sudan state of adolescents and youth report 2019 today. The report aims to address employment issues and capacity building training opportunity for youth in the country. Speaking on the event, Albino Bol the minister of youth and sports said, it’s good for youth to come up and discuss their challenges to find solution. He further said that, the ministry of youth and sports is coming up with the policy in order for the youth to be jobs creators than jobs seekers in the country.
“The random shooting in the country is due to lack of jobs and capacity building in the country” the minister said.
Meanwhile Gillian Butts the deputy representative of the UNFPA said, Africa’s youth population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach over 830 million by 2050. South Sudan is no exception. Over 72 per cent of the population is under 30 years old. Whether this spells hope or doom depends on how the continent manages its “youth bulge.”
“The frustration generated in young people that have no hope in the future is a major source of insecurity in today’s world, and it is essential that when Governments plan their economic activities, when the international community develops forms of cooperation, they put youth employment, youth skills at the centre of all priorities.” She stated.
Gillian Butts further said that the report covers nine areas of focus on demography, education, employment and productivity, health, youth participation in politics and democracy, media, sports and recreation, culture, and peace and conflict mitigation.
“Young people are at the heart of UNFPA’s mandate and we have been working with and for young people since the inception of UNFPA 50 years ago, this focus makes data on young people an indispensable requirement for our programming” She lamented.
I wish to express appreciation to all the donors and development partners, including Sweden, USAID and UNESCO, who supported the development of the State of Adolescents and Youth report, and I congratulate the Government, particularly the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, for the leadership in this undertaking. We look forward to continuing this partnership as we respond to the issues raised in the report Gillian Butts concluded.
However the Kuac Wek Wol the undersecretary in the ministry of Youth and sports said, partners and government and stakeholder should disseminate the report and make people familiarize with the report and to address the challenges facing the adolescents and youth in the country.
“it’s important for the government to help youths to understand clearly for the last past two years what is the real status of the youths in South Sudan” he concluded.
The launching was under the theme: “Realizing the power of 72%: Investing in youth for the South Sudan we want”.