Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of October 2015, Railways grounds along Jinja road has been abuzz with entertainment and celebrations as KCCA and partners held a Kampala youth Day. Youth from across city suburbs came in large numbers to be part of this maiden event expected to be held annually according to KCCA officials. Unlike the International Youth Day (IYD) which is commemorated every year on 12 August with the aim of promoting investment in youth development and drawing commitment to the youth for improved livelihood, the Kampala is an extension of this. It is aimed at encouraging stakeholders to promote civic engagement and participation of youth in management so that young people understand their stake in national development.
The international Youth Day is celebrated to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. This year’s National celebrations were held at Katakwi High School, Usuk County in Katakwi District and brought together development partners, government leaders, community and religious leaders, young people from across the country to showcase and celebrate youth development.
Whereas, the theme for International Youth Day 2015 was anchored on the theme “Youth Civic Engagement”, the government of Uganda celebrated the IYD under the theme: “We are the Investment Choices we make: Youth Matter”. The choice of the theme was inspired by the importance attached to the young people in the development process of the country. Investment in youth makes social, economic and political sense and is crucial for human capital development and social capital cohesion. Through a one on one interaction with commissioner for youth and children at the MoGLSD Mr. Mondo Kyateka, he emphasized that the youth is number one investment choice. “A country’s status depends on the quality of her youth which is determined by the investments we make in them”. He further noted that the development of the skills inherent in human and social capital must be life-cycle process which require deliberate, calculated and purposeful transformational targeted requisite development ethos. Investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD) strategies therefore is more effective than treatment programs. Whether in terms of education,health, or livelihood, the achievements of one stage are an input into the process of the next stage. There is thus a need for investment in ECD for high returns. Said Mr. Kyateka
The government of Uganda has identified sectors with great potential growth and has prioritized Agriculture, Tourism, infrastructure Development, Mineral, Oil and Gas, Infrastructure Development and Human Capital Development for large impact growth.Human capital development remains a major concern for our investment especially for the young people, despite investments in health, education and sports, skills development and ICT, the country has not attained a strong human capital base necessary to accelerate wealth creation and employment while enhancing competitiveness. Continue reading