Uganda Moves to Celebrate World Youth Day – ChimpReports

Uganda Moves to Celebrate World Youth Day


Uganda is set to celebrate the international youth day under the theme: The Road to 2030; Eradication Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption.

This year’s celebrations will take place in Koboko district at Saint Charles Lwanga College where President Yoweri Museveni will be the chief guest.

Uganda is currently the second in African countries with the youngest population. A total of 78% Ugandans are below the age of 30 and its estimated that 48% of the population are below the age of 15years while the medium age of Ugandans is 15.5 years.

These statistics according to State Minister for youths Nakiwala Kiyingi, ampoule point to a growing demographic bonus that the country should embrace and capitalize on.

On the flip side she says however, they point to looming crisis whose impact, the country has started experiencing and is likely to grow unless greater attention and firm action is taken on the issues of the youth.

She pointed out some of the issues affecting the youth as access to education and health services, social inclusion to employment and enterprise creation.

Speaking at the press briefing at Uganda Media Center Hon Kiyingi said “My ministry is cognizant of these challenges and is framing an action plan to respond to this growing challenge.”

The ministry she said plans to increase economic empowerment among the youth, enhance engagements with them and social inclusion of the powerful segment of society to contribute to social economic transformation in our journey to achieve middle income status by 2020.

The ministry will also carry out a phase of campaigns designed to engage, empower, catalyze and sustain a youth movement primarily focused on development.

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