Parliament today hosted a
Youth Roundtable Discussion with emphasise on creating a culture of entrepreneurship
amongst the youth, in order to eradicate poverty and unemployment.
Bernice Hlagala from the
Presidency said the National Youth Policy which was adopted in May this year
aims to empower young people and build a culture of patriotism.
Hlagala said there is a need
to improve the quality of further education and training by expanding young
people who are actually part of those.
She added that more funding
for academically deserving students particularly those from poor families is
important. We need to recruit graduates into the public service.
“It is important that young
graduates also see public service as an employer of choice” she added
Commitment from SSOE’s to
train artisans as well as access to information through IT developments. We
need to attract young people into those areas, she emphasised
Meanwhile with 7.3% of young
people living with HIV Hlagala stressed the importance of a proper healthcare
system. She said government is working at reducing the availability of drugs
and alcohol to the youth.
Hlagala said on health care
and healthy lifestyles we need to make sure that there is increased access to
information and knowledge around sexuality issues.
It is important that we need
to promote healthy lifestyles particularly looking at sexuality issues.
Hlangala added that we need to
facilitate responsive information, education, counselling to adolescence and we
need to also make sure that there is overall transformation on the health care
system, including the introduction of the National Health Insurance.
“Additionally there is a need
to reduce availability of drugs and alcohol more especially in schools” she
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