|Youth Participation: A new mode of Govt|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00|
matters from a distance. It has shown that that youths want to practice and go beyond dreaming to make Zimbabwe work.
Young people now demand participation that is purposeful, supported and linked to outcomes, rather than inclusion for the sake of formality and that should be the new mode of governance in Zimbabwe.
Policy makers in different Government and indeed the constitution making process have to recognise young people as key and equal partners in the process of decision making.
It is high time young people through the Zimbabwe Youth Council be involved in the social development processes of their country and never leave anything to chance. This goes down to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC1989), which is the most widely ratified international agreement and unequivocally recognizes the importance of youth participation in policy making as a right for young people that cannot be negotiated.
Too often policy makers doubt the capability of the young thoughtful and committed citizens to improve government policies. Unfortunately they forget that indeed, it is the only age group that has ever been constantly and consistently contributing to this world through massive innovations that have changed humanity.
Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General once said normally when we need to know about something we go to the experts, but we tend to forget that when we want to know about youth and what they feel and what they want, that we should talk to them.
Undoubtedly by our domineering numbers, any policy in the country greatly affects the youth than any other age group, this is why this particular sector cannot be left behind when critical decisions of our society are being made.
lives, are being made.
Youths cannot let critical decisions on nation building be made without their full participation.
Young people must be involved early in the legislative process and not be dropped somewhere along the process, as is usually the case.
The following are proved ways of actively involving young people in policy-making processes:
Recent Lessons from the European economic crisis especially Greece and its proposed austerity measures shows that developing policies without the appropriate consultative process involving all key stakeholders can result in interventions that are ineffective, unpopular, and ultimately very difficult to implement, regardless of their perceived merits.
Our young people are not uneducated unemployed and unemployable as many often imply, this means that we are not a fertile ground for manipulation but independent to stand on our own in representing our interest.