National Youth Forum in Zambia
The National Youth Forum is a consultative event between the Government of Zambia and young women and men in in the country. It will be an opportunity for the Government, stakeholders and youth to review the 2015 National Youth Policy and its Plan of Action as well as map a way forward in the implementation of both documents.
It will also provide an opportunity to the youth to engage the Government on matters that affect their wellbeing. The Forum will represent as such the views and opinions of young women and men in all relevant policy areas and promote support youth civic engagement in Zambia
In 2015 the Government of Zambia launched the National Youth Policy, which was developed with financial and technical support of UNESCO, UNFPA, ILO and other agencies. The new national policy takes a mainstream approach and presents youth development as a cross cutting issue, it outlines the government’s road map on youth development and guides stakeholders on matters of youth priorities in the Country. Additionally, the National Action Plan of Youth Empowerment and Employment seeks a process of migrating from scattered micro interventions to coherent multi sectoral and local economic development approaches to youth empowerment and employment creation.
It is against this background that the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development in collaboration with UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa, ILO, UNFPA and Action Aid will organize a National Youth Forum for the dissemination of the Policy and its Action Plan. The Forum will contribute to the development of youth work in the Country, and promote active youth civic engagement and participation. It will provide the necessary buy in and ownership of the policy and its Plan of Action by young women and men.
The National Youth Forum will be held over a period of two days and will involve paper presentations by Senior Government Officials and Cooperating Partners, Focus Group Discussions and Plenary Sessions.
The expected outcomes include the following :
• Better understanding of the 2015 National Youth Policy and its Plan of Action by young women and men in Zambia
• Increased youth participation and involvement in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2015 National Youth Policy and the Action Plan for Youth Employment and Empowerment
• Enhanced coordination among practitioners and stakeholders in the implementation o the policy and its plan of action.