By Tendai Guvamombe
In order to curb challenges ranging from economic turmoils to global warming effects, investing in the vibrant young blood will be a wisest solution, a Boost Fellowship meeting has revealed
In Zimbabwe, the Boost Fellowship (BF) under the support of UNICEF is working towards a global youth initiative trending as Generation Unlimited (GU).
GU has been trending since September 2018 with the thrust to make sure every young person aged 10-24 years is in some form of school, learning, training or employed by 2030. This directly resonates with government’s agenda to develop national institutions into a middle class economy by the year 2030.
The Minister of Youths, Sports, Arts and Culture, Honourable Kirsty Coventry applauded the launch of Generation Unlimited in Harare today saying it will go a long way in empowering the youth to address various challenges affecting the country.
“The youths, particularly the young people are the future of tomorrow. This programme will empower them as they are capable of bringing the change we want. Seeing how challenges have continued to affect the economy of our nation as young people we can figure out opportunities for the change we want.”
Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a global partnership established to help young people succeed in socioeconomic prospects.
On record more than 75% of the youth in the country are unemployed and the government’s concerted efforts alone won’t surpass the challenges. Therefore, programmes such as Generation Unlimited (GenU) will enable the youth to be at the forefront of global resuscitations.
According to United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli, the international world is in support of empowering the young blood with skills and knowledge relevant to curb global challenges.
“The United Nations and many other organisations are working across the world including Zimbabwe to improve socio economic challenges of the youth and they have a role in the Sustainable Development Goal.”
The Boost Fellowship with support from UNICEF have selected 60 successful applicants aged 14 and 24 to take part in a 3-day design workshop in Harare.
The five most promising ideas will receive seed funding up to a maximum US$ 1000 and receive mentorship to facilitate their implementation.
This will see participants from the winning group competing with other international prospective participants at the global initiatives forum.
Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a global partnership established to help young people succeed. Its goal is to make sure that every young person aged 10 -24 is in some form of school, learning, training or employment by 2030. The challenge was launched in Zimbabwe on 24 September 2018.
The challenge in Zimbabwe is being implemented by Boost Fellowship with support from UNICEF, and starting on 14th December, 60 successful applicants aged between 14 and 24 will take part in a 3-day design workshop in Harare. The five most promising ideas will be will receive seed funding up to a maximum of US$1,000, and receive mentorship to facilitate their implementation