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S. Sudan reviews youth policy to curb unemployment


August 29, 2013 (JUBA) – The high unemployment rate among South Sudanese youth will soon be a thing of the past, should government unveil its new policy guidelines, an official said.

SSYPA board chairman Angelo Diing speaks at the symposium, August 28, 2013 (ST)

Peter Baptist Abaker, undersecretary in the culture, youth and sports ministry disclosed that a review of the 2006-2007 youth policy, which took five months, has been finalised.

“We have completed the review [of the policy]. The youth cited insecurity, unemployment, lack of basic and quality education and health issues as the major problems affecting them,” he told a youth symposium held in the South Sudan capital.

Today’s youth, Abaker stressed, should actively be involved in decision making processes, adding that the contribution of young people in nation building processes cannot be underestimated.

The youth, according to the 2008 Sudan Housing and Population census, constituted over 70% of the South Sudanese population. It considered a youth as anyone between 18-35 years.

Experts from Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Rwanda were invited to share experiences from their respective countries on the constitutional building process.

Biong Deng, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) South Sudan representative said youth, all over the world, play vital roles in any constitutional making process.

“[International] IDEA strongly believes that any constitutional building process should be participator. The youth of South Sudan, being the majority, have to own the process,” he said.

Deng, however, stressed that the active involvement of young people will only be realised, if South Sudan government fully supports the youth in the constitutional building and making process.

Recently, South Sudan Youth Participation Agency (SSYPA), initiated youth dialogue forums; a project earmarked to champion peace, democracy and constitution-building in the two-year old nation.

Participants attentively follow proceedings during the symposium, August 28, 2013 (ST)

“The aim of the forum is to structurally transform the way that youth participate in the civic and political arena so that they can play a substantial and positive role in supporting the peace, service delivery and democratization process in South Sudan through constructive dialogue,” said Samuel Okomi, the director of SSYPA.

The project, he further told the symposium, also envisions mobilizing the traditionally marginalized youth’s voice from across dividing lines to work as one force for democracy, service delivery and peace.

“It aims at creating multiple channels that will enable youth to influence the democratization, peace and constitution building process,” he stressed.

The three-day symposium on civil society roles in the constitutional building process was organised by International IDEA in partnership with SSYPA.


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  • 30 August 2013 06:19, by jijury

    Oh please stop playing with the minds of South Sudanese, thing of the past really? what is the government plan to ensure that those young people will have jobs in years to come? Incompetent Salva is busy arming himself with 6000 soldiers from Bahr Al Gazal while he is already the C. I. C why he needs those for?

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    • 30 August 2013 08:32, by Gatkuoth

      The problem of South Sudan is not only about policies....we have hundred of policies and several hundred strategic plans. Our big problem lies in our government honest intention to implement those policies. I am very sure; this youth policy will collect dust very soon and will not be in use anymore.

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      • 30 August 2013 08:39, by Gatkuoth

        Secondly do you know what is killing our youth’s participation? Simple answer; we are implementing the policy of ---I fought...for ---this Country.... I deserve ...a..Reward. Yes, liberators should reward. But should we employ an incompetent individual who does nothing rather than destroying our national dream simply because he fought and has not capacity serve in such position? So people should e

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        • 30 August 2013 08:40, by Gatkuoth

          mploy an incompetent individual who does nothing rather than destroying our national dream simply because he fought and has not capacity serve in such position? So people should employ where they fit best.

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          • 30 August 2013 08:41, by Gatkuoth

            Majority of our educated youths were in schools during the liberation and their parents and brothers or sisters contributed to the struggle. And even if they did not, is South Sudan for those who carried guns ...I know some didn’t even shoot one?

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            • 30 August 2013 08:42, by Gatkuoth

              The success of this policy would be to assign responsibilities to youth and develop their capacities regardless of where, who and what they are.

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