Anine and Aksel are both from Norway and participants on the FK exchange program between Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust and SAIH in Norway. Today, the 17th of May, is quite a special and big day for these guys. We asked them what it was that was so special about this day.
The 17th of May is the day when all Norwegians take to the streets to celebrate Norway’s national day. Every nation has a national day, but not many of them are so enthusiastically and uniquely celebrated as the 17th of May in Norway. On this day, Norwegians are out on the streets celebrating from early morning to late night, and I am sure that if you ask a Norwegian which day of the year is their favourite, they will most likely reply the 17th of May. The central elements of the 17th of May are the big children’s parades and the abundance of Norwegian flags. Buses, buildings, even babies’ pushchairs are decorated with the Norwegian flag, and people are dressed in their national costumes called “Bunad”.
The 13 Youth Key ASKs to the Government of Zimbabwe
During this phase, branded “Dawn of a new ERA”, the youth in Zimbabwe organised through National Association of Youth Organisations (NAYO), National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) and Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) have developed thirteen key asks that they want considered by the new government.
Education and Skills Development
“We want an education that empowers us to get jobs and be active citizens. At tertiary level, we want government supported internships and not to pay tuition during attachment”
Key Ask 1: Broader education that includes Civic education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship training compliant with technological advancements; and
Key Ask 2: An Inclusive and sustainable education system and financing that considers quality, affordability and the special needs of youth with disabilities.
Journalists from print, broadcast, community and online media are invited to participate in another edition of the Youth Voice Journalist Honours.
The Youth Voice honours journalists who creatively , consistently express and recognize youths as positive drivers of social change in their communities.YETT will recognise relevant, in-depth and innovative coverage of any of the contemporary youth issues of :
Governance and peace building, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health, Entrepreneurship, Current trends on government initiatives on youth development , Young people’s own initiatives on Climate Change and the Environment, ICTs and Social Innovation as well as Young Women Development in relation to the above mention thematic areas by broadcast, print and online journalism.
By Itayi Usaiwevhu
26 young people selected from YETT partner organizations will at the end of this month travel to Denmark to take part in Participate 2017.
Dansk UngdomsFællesråd (DUF) in partnership with Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) is looking forward to hosting 50 delegates from Zimbabwe and Denmark from 1-5 November 2017 under the theme “Motivate to Participate”.
By Progress Sibanda
Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) has rolled out ‘Ballot buddies’, a campaign meant to coordinate efforts by 12 youth organisations seeking to motivate two millions youths to register to vote.
The campaign which is based on the premises that increased youth participation in electoral processes can be realised when the youth are reached within the spaces they are comfortable and in their own language was officially launched by the Board Chairperson of YETT Sithabelalonke Nyathi.
By Progress Sibanda
Youths across Zimbabwe have urged their peers to take advantage of the massive voter registration blitz by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to get their names on the voter’s roll.
The new bio-metric voter registration exercise started early this month and 2 508 registration centres have been established countrywide. Young people who spoke during consultative meetings held across different provinces in Zimbabwe representative of youth organisations in Zimbabwe challenged youth to take advantage of these registration centres and register to vote in the 2018 harmonised elections.
Zimbabwe consists of a young bulk population which can awaken the country from its economicslumber if they are provided with adequate resources to embark on programmes that empower them.
Speaking during budget consultative meetings held across the country, young people called for an inclusive and pro-youth 2018 national budget that pays attention to the needs and rights of the youth.Below are some of the issues that the young people raised and vowed for the ministry of finance to consider.
The Sunday Mail Bridge has once again partnered YETT in an essay competition for youths.
Running under the theme “Making my voice count . . .”, the competition is open to young people BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18-24 YEARS on the following topic;
“In 500 words or less, tell us why you think the Biometric Voter Registration process is important for young people.”
The Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) is looking to develop young leaders aged 18 to 25 years who have an interest in community development? If you are a young woman or man within that age cohort, this is an opportunity for you to participate in the Youth Leadership and Development Course (Winter School 2017). If you are interested in taking part in this year’s Winter School, don’t wait, apply now!
This year’s Winter School shall commence from the 15th to the 22 nd of July 2017 .The venue and logistics for the course shall be disclosed to successful applicants.
How to apply
To apply for the 2017 Winter school Click Here
Youths in Zimbabwe are unaware of the contents of the constitution. A survey conducted by YETT in 10 different areas has revealed that 80% of young people are unaware of the constitution and only 20% have basic knowledge on their rights and freedoms contained in the constitution.
YETT working with 10 youth organizations in Bulawayo, Kwekwe, Chipinge, Hatclife, Ruwa, Masvingo, Plumtree, Kariba,Kwekwe, Chinhoyi and Mutokoand with the aid of 127 other volunteers ensured the publicity of the constitution by carrying out "constitutional caravans" in these communities,.