A ZAMBIAN youth Mwala Mooto has urged young people to utilise social media and the internet to their advantage. And Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium Professor Esther Nkandu has commended Mooto and Inota Cheta for raising the country’s flag at the just-ended European Development Days (EDD). Speaking when the duo called on Professor Nkandu at her residence in Brussels, Mooto said many young people were misinformed about the projects on youth fund due to lack of knowledge.
He said the Zambian government had made significant efforts on youth empowerment projects but only a few had the knowledge on how to access them.
“Personally, I would say that government has made progress in terms of youth involvement on national issues as well as youth empowerment but very few of us are well informed and actually take interest on how to access them. I think there’s a lot of misinformation among the young people on many issues,” Mooto said. “The formation of the aquaculture project, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission are just a few examples of projects for youth empowerment. For example, I keep getting questions on how I got to speak at such a high level panel, but you know the information was in the public domain and I applied. Also my company was born out of the Zambia cashew development project so you can see that these projects actually do serve their purpose.”
Mooto and Cheta were chosen among 15 young leaders across the globe to speak at high level panels during the EDD.
The EDD is Europe’s leading forum on development organised by the European Commission bringing the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
This year’s EDD overarching title was “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind”, and was graced by several world leaders among them the Queen of Belgium, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajai, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, President of Senegal Macky Sall, and African Caribbean and Pacific group of States secretary general Dr Patrick Gomes among others.
And Ambasador Prof Nkandu said it was encouraging to see young people taking their places in addressing the many challenges of the world and putting their governments to task.
She said the Zambian government remained committed to ensure that young people were included on various issues of national development.
Ambasador Prof Nkandu said this was evidenced by the promotion of youth in government and leadership positions as well as the formation of the youth fund.
The Ambassador called on the youth to ensure that they utilised the many youth development projects that government had embarked on.
She reassured the the duo of the mission’s unwavering support to their projects and engagements especially with the international organisations.
This is according to Phyllis Chilekwa first secretary – press and public relations at the Zambian Embassy in Brussels.