Namibia, Botswana youths hold festival
The issues included, among others, rural youth development, teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse and crime prevention. The Head of Desk: Networking, Exchanging and International Relations, Muesee Kazapua, delivered a speech of the National Youth Council’ secretary-general, Juliet Kavetuna at the fourth Omaheke Choir and Cultural Youth Festival over the weekend. Kavetuna said the festival came at the right time when young people were facing many challenges. “The National Youth Council of the Republic of Namibia and the Botswana National Youth Council, acting on the common wish, decided to establish a twining agreement that was signed on 21 July 2000 in Gobabis. The twinning agreement of the members of the both councils believe that youth empowerment is the fundamental condition of the youth in the social economic, cultural development of our respective countries,” she noted. Kavetuna indicated that it has been agreed that the two councils will endeavour to develop youth exchange programmes in the fields of science, culture, education sport and training. The NYC secretary-general said the twinning agreement is aimed at promoting the overall well being of the youth in both countries. She said in order to strengthen the effective bilateral relations with their counterparts; the youth also discussed the issues of regional interest. Kavetuna noted that by implementing such activities would strive to the realisation of their twining agreement. ‘During the discussions the two youth bodies should strive for the creation of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Youth Council,” she stressed: Kavetuna called upon the leaders of two youth councils to map out strategies aimed at empowering young people in the two countries. She commented the Omaheke Regional Youth Office and Omaheke Regional Youth Forum for organising the festival as part of a cultural exchange programme. ‘ NAMPA.