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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020 SUMMARY REPORT THEME: “YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN ACHIEVING GLOBAL GOALS”. AUGUST 11TH - 12TH, 2020, DAR ES SALAAM

1. INTRODUCTION:

In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by The World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youths (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. 

International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The commemorations takes the form of a podcast-style discussion that is hosted by youth for youth, together with independently organized commemorations around the world that recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life.

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The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

In Tanzania, Global Peace Foundation Tanzania in collaboration with Africa-Asia Youth Foundation Tanzania Chapter, Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania, Global Network of Religion and Children – GNRC, African Youth Transformation – AYT, International Youth Foundation – IYF, Tanzania Youth Vision Association – TYVA, Salama Foundation, Youth for Change Tanzania, Liberty Sparks, and Africa Youth Adolescent Network – AfriYAN, have jointly commemorated International Youth Day 2020 by convening a virtual dialogue and public youth dialogue with the theme; Youth Engagements in achieving global goals.

Objectives of these commemorations include:-

  •  To stimulate the positivity of youth to gain more courage and rethink of new strategies to move forward after the pandemic.
  • To raise youth voices on cross-cutting issues that needs to be addressed
  • To share experience and ideas among youths who are doing transformative initiatives which address social challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reflecting youth engagement and involvement in global actions.

2. IYD 2020 YOUTH DIALOGUE
2.1.Introduction

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The public dialogue was held on August 12th, 2020 at Global Peace Foundation Tanzania, Mikocheni Dar es Salaam from 09:00am to 01:30pm, bringing together 167 people from different youth groups, people living with disabilities (PLWDs), CSOs and universities with the theme; Youth engagement in achieving Global Goals, focusing on Youth Civic Pacification, Youth Skills and Economic Empowerment, Health and Peace  Building. 

This public dialogue was moderated by Mr. Kelvin EdwardGeneral Secretary of YUNA Tanzania and he ensured that everyone feels part of the forum by having an engaging and systematic session.

2.2.Welcome Remarks

This youth Virtual session was officiated by Ms. Petrider Paul, a Member of Advisor Council in the African Union Youth Envoy Office. On her opening remarks, she addressed that, “International Youth Day is an important day to reflect youth achievements, spotlight challenges and amplify youth voices which will help address challenges and create favourable environment for youths. I commend you all to use this platform effectively so that together we come up with tangible resolutions as way forward if our efforts on changes we want to see”.

2.3.Opening Remarks

The first panellist was Mr. Goodluck William, Head of Finance, and United Nations Association – UNA. He discussed about Youth Economic empowerment, starting with how UNA has been advocating for improved legal frameworks which will ensure a smooth environment for youths to employ themselves in informal sector as well as getting government support through youth funds provided in the Municipal Levels.

The second panellist was Mr. Yusuph Bwango, Head of Lobbying, Advocacy and Networking (LAN) of Tanzania Youth Vision Association – TYVA. He intensively presented the work of TYVA in youth empowerment, policy advocacy and capacity building programs which adds more youths skills and promote entrepreneurship. “TYVA as a youth-led member based organization is committed to empower youths and create enabling environment for amplifying youth voices in Civic Participation and Good Governance“.

The third panellist was Ms. Jennifer Kayombo, a Youth Advocate of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights from Africa Youth Adolescent Network – AfriYAN. “We should stop advocating youth engagement, rather, telling them how we want them to engage us. I think in Tanzania, we really need to have a National Youth Council which will provide a free platform to raise our concerns and make our voices heard. Also, in international organizations, we highly need to have youth advisory boards so as to give them what is our issues they focus on”.

The fourth presentation was shared by Mr. Arafat Bakir, a Youth Engagement Officer and SDGs Champion at International Youth Foundation. The presentation was based on the need to eliminate graduates skills mismatch in reflection with IYF efforts to empower youth skills for decent works and employment. “As we celebrate international youth day, lets strive to shapen our skills and innovation capacity so that we effectively participate in building the future we want to see”.

Mr. Acho Gerald Anji is a Director of Arigato International (a partner of GNRC Tanzania) based in Kenya. He joined the discussion and shared his experience working on empowering youth to become peace ambassadors through an intensive training in Nairobi. “We cannot be given opportunities because we are young people. We need to be competitive, have determination to bring change and have passion to make transformation in our communities. Let’s build our capacities and go for opportunities”.

The sixth presentation was provided by Ms. Irene Ishengoma, a program coordinator from Global Peace Foundation Tanzania. She shared the work of GPF Tanzania in empowering youth to become peace ambassadors. “We have been working closely to empower youth in leadership, peace building, entrepreneurship and inclusion of people living with disabilities. I call for all of us, to make sure that, we work together with PWLDs so that we leave no one behind. Youths have a great role to play in achievement of Global Goals by 2030 if they actively participate to transform communities and maintain peace”.

2.2.Open Floor Discussion

During the open flow discussion, youths highly recommended that youths organizations should join efforts and merge their action plans so as to have joint strategies in reaching the grass-root communities and disseminate more education about the 17 world challenges as well as providing guidance of interventions. Also, the issue of transforming the education obtained from schools and universities so that they have impact to the communities in a voluntary basis instead of waiting employment. Moreover, youths suggested that, there should be more enabling environment for youths who wants to initiate start-ups and small entrepreneurship by facilitating and reducing unnecessary barriers. Training institutions should prepare graduates to be innovators and producers of most local consumed products; while more efforts should be put in place to ensure youth participation decision making process.

Generally, the session was very engaging and solution oriented as it provided enough opportunity to reflect challenges, obstacles and provide solutions which will motivate youth participation in achievement of global goals by 2030.

NB: The whole virtual conversations can be accessed through a link: https://youtu.be/55s8N5COWqA

3. IYD 2020 PUBLIC DIALOGUE

3.1. Introduction

The public dialogue was held on August 12th, 2020 at Global Peace Foundation Tanzania, Mikocheni Dar es Salaam from 09:00am to 01:30pm, bringing together 167 people from different youth groups, people living with disabilities (PLWDs), CSOs and universities with the theme; Youth engagement in achieving Global Goals, focusing on Youth Civic Pacification, Youth Skills and Economic Empowerment, Health and Peace Building.

This public dialogue was moderated by Mr. Kelvin EdwardGeneral Secretary of YUNA Tanzania and he ensured that everyone feels part of the forum by having an engaging and systematic session.

3.2. Welcoming Remarks

The welcoming remarks were provided by Mrs. Martha Nghambi, Country Director of Global Peace Foundation Tanzania. On her opening remarks, she provided a brief work of Global Peace Foundation Tanzania works in promotion of Peace and youth empowerment in peace building and provided some important tips of International Youth Day. “As we celebrate International Peace Day, I remind youths of Tanzania to ensure their active participation in promoting peace especially at this time of Tanzania General Election process“.

Joining through a mobile phone call, Mrs. Stella Vuzo, the United Nations Information Center’s Officer, provided the greetings of UN system Tanzania and acknowledged the efforts of youths organizations to commemorate this important day. “The UN supports you in this day. The UN has been doing a lot of initiatives to incorporate youth Voices through the UN youth Envoy Office and World Federation of UN Associations. I highly encourage young people to engage with the UN, grab opportunities which are released and come up with different programs which can be done with the UN to address social challenges“.

Mr. Kala Jeremiah, a Youth Activist and Bongo Flava artist attended the event and was given a privilege to talk to youth. He used his daring experience to motivate young people who have dreams so as to stick on it and make it happen. “We cannot reach global goals if we don’t have individual life goals. Let everyone set his goals, link with the society and make change. Just start where you are, start with what you have, start today and make a history in your community. For me, development is all about touching the lives of people, being part of change“.

3.3. Opening Remarks

The guest of honor in this event was Mr. Zefania Masalida, a Dar es Salaam Regional Youth Officer. On this event, he appreciated the commitment and good work of organizers of the event. He further addressed the Government efforts in empowering youths from skills to the economic aspect. “The government is providing free education from primary to secondary level as well as providing University loans so as to provide more chances to youth to education; moreover, through the youth development fund of 4% of each municipal financial collections, youths have been getting an opportunity to get interest-free loans for business startups and entrepreneurship initiatives. However, that’s not enough, I understand that more efforts has to be done to empower youth and create inclusion. Through this dialogue, I expect to get your voices and recommendations on where we can intervene and create more favorable environments for youths“.

3.4. Panel Discussion 1

The first panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Sumaiya Kareem, a member of Activists Tanzania and Student at University of Dar es Salaam. The panel discussion focused on three major aspects: health, youth skills and youth economic empowerment. The discussion started with presentation from panellists and later an open flow discussion of participants.

Mr. Shadrack Msuya, Director of Salama Foundation was the first discussant in the panel discussion. Apart from feeling on what they do in Salama Foundation, he stressed his presentation on Health Sector. “HIV among adolescence is 40% and among them 80% are girls (15years – 24years). Condom use at last sex is low and teenage pregnancy is high and as a result, when it comes to economic multiplier, the productive working age are distorted to reach the highest peak of middle economy in our country. If we invest more in younger generation health, we can reach the targeted national vision even before 2025. As we celebrate IYD2020, I highly recommend youths to regular check their health’s statuses, observe Sexual Reproductive Health and the government should incorporate this education in the curriculum to ensure that students get helpful education for their health’s and lives“.

Mr. Arafat Bakir is a Youth Engagement Officer and SDGs Champion at International Youth Foundation – IYF. He was the second discussant, and he stressed his presentation on issues of Youths skills and Decent works. “At IYF we have been running programs which add skills and sharpen their employability skills. It is very clear that our education does not provide sufficient skills to graduates so as to match with employment competitiveness and job market. Together with the need to the government to review the education curriculums so as to eliminate skills miss-match, I highly recommend that young people should be ready to volunteer in various youth voices so as to get work experience and gain more trust“.

Ms. Godfrida Magubo, Communication and Advocacy officer at United Nations Association – UNA was the 3rd panel discussant. She addressed in detail about the work of UNA in implementation of SDGs and advocacy of legal frameworks which can ensure a smooth environment for youths of Tanzania through engaging with decision making organs such as parliamentary youth group and focused parliamentary group on SDGs. “Youths is the largest group of people in our county and other African countries. Any efforts taken by decision making organs should focus on solving challenges faced by youths and creating Sustainable solutions. We must ensure that our voices are heard and considered“.

The fourth panellist was Mr. Jabir Makame, an Administrative Officer at Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner’s Office. He addressed in detail on how the government especially for Dar es Salaam is investing to youth and empowering them through youth development funds. Speaking of Ilala Municipal, 4% of it’s collection per week year can reach up to 1.8 Billion. The challenge is, most youth do not go to claim the loans. The guideline is very clear and the funds are there for youth who need to start business or do any kind of entrepreneurship“.

3.4. Panel Discussion 1

During the open dialogue, participants appreciated the work of represented organization in the panel and recommended that, more efforts should be done in remote areas by ensuring that youth with no access to digital information also are not left behind. More emphasis was inclusion of People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) who needs more attention especially in information sharing and putting enabling environment for economic empowerment.

3.5. Panel Discussion 2

The second panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Joseph Brighton Malekela, a Youth Champion of SDGs and East Africa Regional Director of Africa-Asia Youth Foundation – AAYFO. The panel was focused on issues of Youths and Peace, Youth and Civic Participation and Youth and Economic empowerment. The discussion used the same style, starting with presentation of panellists and later getting compliments of attendees.

The first panel discussant was Mr. Venance Temu, a Program Officer of Global Network of Religion for Children – GNRC Tanzania. On his presentation, he focused on explaining how GNRC is proving opportunities for youths who are interested in peace building. “We have a program of recruiting peace Ambassadors across East Africa Region, enrolling them in an intensive training of peace building and conflict resolution and mentoring them in their field work of promoting peace through social activities. In-line with that, GNRC believes that, Children is an important group for the society to invest and protect as it is the beneficiary of Sustainable Development Goals. My call to fellow youth, let’s take action to promote peace and protect the future generation of children for Sustainable Development“.

The fourth panellist was Ms. Irene Ishengoma, project coordinator of Global Peace Foundation Tanzania. On her presentation, she addressed in detail about the work of GPF Tanzania in promoting peace among youths and the community. “Towards the general election, GPF Tanzania have provided a capacity building to youths and women candidates from different political parties and insisting them to maintain peace during process“.

The third panel discussant was Mr. Justin Mponda, Executive Secretary of Tanzania Youth Vision Association – TYVA. On his presentation, he explained in detail about the work of TYVA in empowering youths. “For us, International Youth Day means how youths have been actively participating in transforming their communities and being part of decision making. We would like to see more efforts of youth inclusion in decision making process so as to include their voices and expectations“.

The second panel discussant was Mr. Kala Jeremiah, a youth activist and music artist. He stressed his presentation on Youth Peacefully Engagement towards the general election. “We young people have a power to decide whether we want peace or violence. In most circumstances, general elections triggers political instabilities and threaten peace in some countries. Let’s champion peace during this period of general election. As an artist, I will use my influence to promote peace so that we pass through this process peacefully“.

The fifth panel discussant was Kinondoni Youth Development Officer Mr. John Deogratius. He used the platform to share the work of his office in empowering youths economically. “The youths development funds have been proved in all municipals, but very few youths have been claiming. We are very committed to empower youth, and sometimes, when you have organized your group, our technical officers can assist to organize your business idea and guide you from initial stage to implementation. Also, many youth opportunities information are found in local streets governments, but the problem is, very few youths have habits to attend street/village meetings or even visit offices to get information”.

 

3.5.1. Open Floor Discussion

The second open flow discussion provided an opportunity to participants to share their ideas on the presented topics. Regarding the youth responsibility to seek information, it was recommended that, youths should build a culture of getting proper information and contributing their ideas through participating in local streets government meetings. Also, many youths suggested that, to ensure we have a proper channel of information sharing, there should be a National Youth Council operating from local level so as to receive regular youth opinions and to share various development opportunities to youths.

4. CONCLUSION

Generally, the commemorations has involved public dialogue whereby youths have intensively discussed their involvement in achieving global goals, challenges and way forwards which can assist to ensure that no one is left behind. Issues of economic empowerment, skills acquisition to youths, improvement of health facilities and having a good information sharing systems will enable more youth to effectively participate in achieving global goals. Moreover, youths would like to see more initiatives and interventions in legal frameworks which will assure youth inclusion in decision making process so as to have sustainable development. Some event highlights can be accessed through: https://youtu.be/PXyOpK7x0Kw .

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