Youth Develops Manifesto Ahead of 2016 Polls

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On education, the youth want the government to develop a skilled, talented and competitive workforce through access to quality education.

The Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda has developed a national youth manifesto for incorporation into political party manifestoes ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The 21-page document addresses four key areas the youth think will change their lives once improved. They are unemployment, health care for all, Education opportunities, sports and culture as well as youth participation in decision making.
The youths also want government to release at least 40 percent of public procurement contracts for youth-led businesses.

They also call on the next government to institute mechanisms to encourage youth involvement in the agricultural sector across the value chain by promoting the establishment of youth cooperatives and availing public land to youth.
On health, the youth propose increased availability, access to and uptake of quality and affordable health care services for young people. They argue that the ongoing review of the Health Sector Development Plan 2015/2016-2019/2020 provides an equally wonderful opportunity for young people to influence government financing for adolescent and youth - friendly health services.

On education, the youth want the government to develop a skilled, talented and competitive workforce through access to quality education. According to them, the ongoing curriculum review can provide opportunities for further research and inventions that can make education more productive.

Regarding sports and creative arts, the youth want the next government to enhance talent identification and development as a means of stimulating social and economic development of the young people.

They also express concern over lack of participation by the youth in decision making on key youth programs. According to the youth, the government should ensure that youth actively and meaningfully participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of government policies and programs.

Kenneth Nkumiro, the coordinator Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda says although the challenges presented by youth underemployment are enormous, there are opportunities to divert them to productive behaviours to avoid social unrest.

He is optimistic that the youth manifesto will help to guide government to pay attention to key youth programs. According to Nkumiro, if all political party leaders incorporate their issues in their manifestoes will help youths come out of poverty.

The National Vision 2040 predicts improvements in employment levels and labour markets conditions through a mix of measures that include implementation of the national employment policy as well as other laws, policies and guidelines on labor productivity and employment.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.