Zambia celebrated its Youth Day on March 12th, 2023, with President Hakainde Hichilema leading the commemoration in Kitwe. The annual event aims to honour the young people who have contributed to the country’s development, and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Transforming Minds for Accelerated Youth Development.”
During the event, President Hichilema stressed the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and participation for the youth to achieve their goals and take the country towards progress. He led the wreath-laying ceremony at Kitwe’s City Square, and in his speech, he called on Zambian youths to work together to turn around the country’s economy.
The President promised job creation, business opportunities, and empowerment for the youth and assured them that the UPND government is implementing targeted interventions to make them self-reliant. The manifesto includes free education, access to land, business opportunities, meaningful employment, and participation in governance.
However, the President reminded the young people that handouts are not sustainable. The UPND Party manifesto aims to empower the youth through practical means rather than consumption-based freebies. He urged them to take up the opportunities provided by the government and become self-sufficient.
The speech inspired the young attendees, who expressed their support for the President’s vision of a brighter future for the country. As the commemorations came to an end, the youth left with renewed purpose and determination to work towards the transformation of their minds for accelerated youth development.
Zambia’s Youth Day serves as an annual reminder of the youth’s contributions to the country’s development. It is an opportunity for the government and society to recognize their potential and provide them with the necessary support and resources to help them achieve their goals. The President’s emphasis on collaboration and practical means of empowerment highlights the government’s commitment to accelerating youth development in the country.
In conclusion, Zambia’s Youth Day commemoration led by President Hichilema emphasized the importance of teamwork, self-reliance, and practical empowerment for accelerated youth development. The event aimed to recognize the youth’s contributions to the country’s development and provide them with the necessary support and resources to help them achieve their goals. The government’s commitment to youth development is evident in its manifesto and promises of job creation, business opportunities, and empowerment for the youth.