SPYL to represent African youth

Windhoek ‑ The SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) has been elected to represent African youth on the International Organising Committee for the World Festival of Youth and Students scheduled for December 7-13, 2013 in Quito, Ecuador.

The World Festival of Youth and Students, traditionally commemorated every four years, is an international gathering that brings together thousands of youth from around the world under the banner of the fight against imperialism. It provides an opportunity to discuss, share experiences and learn about social struggles around the world.

Of the many events of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), the World Festival of Youth and Students is one of the effective platforms where the world youth gather to articulate their issues, propose policies and share experiences of anti-imperialist, leftist and pro-poor struggles around the world.

In a statement issued by SPYL spokesperson, Job Amupanda, SPYL was elected at a WFDY meeting, which took place in Luanda, Angola, on August 9.

“The trust that the world youth placed in the militant and radical SPYL does not come as a surprise, as it is known internationally as an organisation consisting of leaders who command clarity on international historical developments, international politics and ideological perspectives,” the statement reads.

The International Preparatory Committee has been the leading force to organise each festival. WFDY has organised festivals, in collaboration with other international youth organisations.

The anti-imperialist gathering of students and youth used to rotate mostly among the capitals of socialist nations, including Berlin, German Democratic Republic; Warsaw, Poland; Pyongyang, DPR Korea; and Moscow, USSR. 

The first WFYS, was held in 1947 in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia. And the last festival was held in 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. 

Historically, the festivals have been critical in organising solidarity with anti-imperialist movements in places such as South Africa, Namibia, Palestine, Cuba, Western Sahara, and elsewhere.

WFDY member organisations, including young communist leagues and the youth leagues of national liberation movements around the world, have been the leading groups for the National Preparatory Committees (NPCs) that would send delegates and guests to each festival.  

NPCs have traditionally been coalitions with other youth organisations based in the respective countries from which delegates are sent.

During the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students, the participants will be expected to pay homage to Venezuelan late President Hugo Chavez Frias and to Kwame Nkrumah founder and first President of Ghana, and leader of Pan-Africanism, a half-a-century movement for the defence of Africa’s independence and unity.

Ricardo Guardia Lugo, member of the Cuban delegation to the festival was quoted by International News Agency  said that these two leaders are very well known by Cuban people since they are very close to our history. Guardia is also member of the National Secretariat of the University Students Federation (FEU), while presiding over the Continental, Latin American, and Caribbean Students Organisation (OCLAE).

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