The President of the Parliament, Anita Among, has called on young people not to be left behind, but to take an interest in the existing opportunities.
She among her said that there are so many opportunities in the country, such as the Parish Development Model and asked them to work hard if they want to benefit.
Among said this at the opening of the Fifth National Youth Parliament which was held at the Ugandan Parliament Houses on Friday, August 5, 2022.
The Youth Parliament provides a platform for young people to express their ideas, concerns and legislative expectations.
The resolutions of the debates then become part of key policy-making processes in the country.
The youth elected their spokesperson, Speria Nakigudde, and Vice President Francis Shaa Rubangakene, who chaired the session.
Anita Among said that as a country with more than 75 percent of the population under the age of 30, it is critical that different approaches are used to address the challenges young people face.
It also cites the high rate of population growth that greatly affects the standard of living and creates urban slums, land ownership problems, accessibility to development loans, lack of access to social services and skills, among others.
AUDIO Speaker Entre Ella, however, said that young people should not just sit and wait, but should be active in seeking opportunities.
She said that she supports forums like the Youth Parliament to encourage youth participation in key civic decision-making spaces, influence policy and the legislative agenda, and encourage positive leadership development opportunities.
Among the parliament's full support she pledged to the resolutions of the Youth Parliament and said that she will also ensure that the issues raised are shared with the relevant ministries for action.
Hon. Boniface Okot, the northern Ugandan youth parliamentarian who represented the Minister of State for Youth Affairs, said the mock parliament helps build youth whose participation is enshrined in the constitution.
He encouraged young people to seek ICT skills and innovations to build intergenerational solidarity.
“Use your strength in numbers, vitality and innovation to move our continent forward,” Okot said.
Gonze Nicolas, the representative of the Delegation of the European Union, said that the EU and the Government of Germany are committed to supporting young people and it shows in their support for the Youth Parliament.
AUDIO Gonze said that the EU has a long history of working with young people through its development cooperation.
"The EU delegation will also establish a permanent youth board as a space for young people to engage with the EU in its development cooperation," Gonze said.
Hans Von Schroeder, Germany's Deputy Head of Mission, said that they have established a youth advisory council that will advise on the cooperation strategy of German ministries from a youth perspective.