Gaborone — Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development Mr Tshekedi Khama has encouraged youth leaders of different political parties to take advantage of government initiatives and policies targetting young people.
Addressing representatives of polical party youth leagues at his office February 13, Minister Khama assured them of government's commitment to youth empowerement through skills development, job creation and sports. to ensure that they constitute the major source of human capital for the country's transformational agenda.
He encouraged young people to take advantage of government sponsored youth initiatives and policies and also advised them to be 'imaginative'.
"Explore the manufacturing sector, which is where we can start. We have the skills, human resources and natural resources," he added.
Minister Khama said certain policies and regulations may be distracting young people from implementing their initiatives and assured them that government would consider being more flexible. He said he was impressed to learn about young peoples' passion for agriculture and promised to talk to the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security to harmonise the two ministries' youth development initiatives.
He said there were huge opportunities in the agricultural sector such as the irrigation component that could be utilised at dams in northern Botswana.
The minister said wildlife management areas provided another opportunity that young people could utilise.
"Let's see what natural resources can offer us in an affordable way. Let's come up with design concept for youth centre, how do we want that centre to look like, we want to give young people an opportunity to challenge anyone at any level, let's keep the ball rolling," he said.
Youth leaders had made an unanimous call for the creation of opportunities for young people to channel their energies into.
They pleaded with the minister to consider revisiting some policies to ensure they were in synch with modern challenges.
They also requested government to assist them in doing research to enhance their proposals as a way of improving their chances of getting funding.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>