Youths unite in global fight against Covid

By Confidente Reporter

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over 85 dignity kits, food parcels, 500 Comprehensive Sexual Education packs, Covid-19 information packs, 200 sanitisers and 200 masks valued at N$3 000 to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and LIDAR Foundation as part of the International Youth Day commemoration that took place on Wednesday in Windhoek.

The items were handed over by UNFPA representative Dennia Gayle to the Sports Deputy Minister, Emma Kantema-Gaomas.

“As the United Nations turns 75, with only 10 years remaining to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all, meaningful youth engagement and participation are crucial to accelerating the action needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Today, let’s join hands across generations. Let us come together and rise to the challenges before us, working with youth to build a more inclusive, sustainable future for all,” said Gayle.

This year’s International Youth Day was celebrated under the theme, ‘Youth engagement for global action amidst Covid-19’.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic several measures and interventions have been put in place by governments worldwide to stop the spread of the virus in order to save lives.

“As we mark International Youth Day in the midst of a global pandemic, we witness how young people are taking action to solve problems in their communities. Here in Namibia we saw how young people through the National Youth Council, AfriYan and Ministry of Youth Sport and National Service were able to engage their communities’ country wide in disseminating and sharing information about Covid-19 and what they can do to keep their friends, families, and communities safe. Young people were also at the forefront of the media campaign including social media targeting young people with messages on Covid-19 and urging them to take the necessary precaution,” said Gayle.

 Gayle also thanked the youth in Namibia for meeting government half way in disseminating Covid-19 information through various platforms.

“In the last two months, UNFPAspearheaded a global #YouthAgainstCovid-19 conversation. Young people everywhere including in Namibia created videos that highlighted their actions to combat the pandemic and to share lessons about how they are charting new paths forward for their communities”.