On March 12th, President Hakainde Hichilema led the commemoration of Zambia’s Youth Day. This annual event is held to honor the gallant youths who have contributed to the development of the country. The 2023 theme is “Transforming Minds for Accelerated Youth Development.”
President Hichilema, who was in Kitwe for the occasion, led the wreath-laying ceremony at Kitwe’s City Square. In his speech, he called on Zambian youths to work together to turn around the country’s economy. He stressed the importance of team collaboration and participation to achieve their goals and help take the country towards progress.
The President assured the youths of job creation, business opportunities, and empowerment. He emphasized that the UPND Government is implementing targeted interventions to empower youths to be self-reliant. The manifesto includes free education, access to land, business opportunities, meaningful employment, and participation in governance.
President Hichilema also reminded the youths that handouts are not sustainable. The UPND Party manifesto is anchored on empowering youths through practical means and not on consumption-based freebies.
The President’s speech inspired the young people who attended the event, with many expressing their support for his vision of a brighter future for the country. As the commemorations came to an end, the youths left with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to work towards the transformation of their minds for accelerated youth development.
Zambia’s Youth Day is an annual reminder of the contributions of young people to the country’s development. It is an opportunity for the government and society to recognize the potential of the country’s youth and to provide them with the necessary support and resources to help them achieve their goals.