By James Nyakusanga
Brian Mudumi the founding Chair and President of Zimbabwe China Youth Forum and Zimbabwe Global Youth Forum who is currently on a tour in China in a bid to advocate for greater African youth empowerment, initiative, industry and involvement at a global scale delivered a well received and articulated speech at the World Youth Festival on International Development, hosted by UNESCO in Nanjing Province on Saturday.
Yesterday, he was the guest of Honor at the International Culture Exchange competitions stone city in Nanjing.
Today he will also tour the International Cultural Exhibition to be held in Nanjing, and lastly with a dinner with the Club and student leaders of Nanjing University, he will roundup his trip with a meeting on the 29 the with Nanjing government t Officials and Representatives from Jiansu and Nanjing Universities on possible youth to Youth Cooperation and exchange programme.
The meeting will be attended by Government Officials, Jiansu and Nanjing University Officials as we also pursue possible avenues of University partnership s and Cooperation.
Brian Mudumi is the darling of the newsrooms as the news is China rarely sign out without the mention of his exploits.
This is not the first time when Mudumi attend or embrace such a sacrosanct podium, but on 27 August 2015, he was in China again representing Zimbabwe at the Media Minister’s Workshop for Developing Countries in Beijing, entrusted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Embassy of China in Zimbabwe.
At one point in time, he attended a SADC Youth Forum in which he share his opinion during a press conference after he was asked about the possibility of Africa achieving Sustainable Development Goals:
“the youth are generally oblivious of the MDGs and let alone the proposed SDGs and it is crucial that they are educated about them. That becomes the starting point of engaging this marginalised group. Until our governments are investing towards educating their youth people about the global development and the role that each can play, I do not think we should expect much from young people now.”
Excerpts from His Speech at World Youth Festival on International Development that was received by a prolong outburst of applause:
“Greeting to you Mr President, Honourable Members of this Forum who are here with us, my colleague participants and various stakeholders that include all the young people around the world following the proceedings. I feel humbled for this golden opportunity which I am going to articulate pertinent issues concerning young people who constitute 64 percent of the population in Africa and generally the majority of the world population. We have to bear in mind that, the youth are the emblem of the future; they are the part of the equation in sustainable development and also at all times, solution to the world problems. Hence we need to mobilise and support their participation in political, economic and socio-cultural affairs.
- Whenever we talk about the future of the world, it is the young people that loom in our minds, therefore the central concern because tomorrow is invested in them. The youth who are the greatest investment for the future and should be empowered to have a voice on fundamental problems bedevilling our society today such as climate change, safety and poverty.
- Almost all celebrated inventions the world is enjoying today are the contributions of people who made a milestone during their youthful ages. Recently, the story of the Muslim schoolboy who was detained in the United States after his invention was mistaken for a bomb tells the same tale behind the restless young people.
- Sometimes youth who are innovative are often are countered by bureaucratic protocols in marketing their ideas, like for instance, cumbersome company registration in most developing countries. Hence the Law of the Jungle applies: “Survival of the Fittest” yet the greatest asset that is capable of transforming our community is the intellectual and innovative edge of young people.
- Young people cannot be attracted to activities which they are not involved. In my country, Zimbabwe we say, “Anything without the youth is totally against them.” In probing further on that, I am saying, adults are telling their glories of the past challenging the youths to be like them, so there should be institutions and policy instruments that promote youth mainstreaming in decision – making structures of governance at both regional and international levels. For instance we have Youth Councils but we do not have them regionally like SADC Youth Councils and World Youth Council.
- Youth’s leverage in communication can be achieved thorough eradicating socio-political and economic barriers. Nations should invest in impacting the lives of the young people positively through initiatives like social media creativities and experiences by which the youths shape their future through sharing of information.
- Youth is a competitive generation that is consumed by the desire to outshine each other. Therefore they need to be kept busy to stay productive since they are already endowed with the spirit of voluntarism so they need opportunities to embrace the societal voluntary context.
- The subjugation of young people inhibits youth participation in the development paradigm and sees a very minimal number of young people from developing nations attending international symposiums. To substantiate that, this forum has only been attended by 200 participants to represent the whole world, but we have 700 elders discussing world affairs as Head of States at United Nations General Assembly, of which youths are the world’s majority. Here we question the existence of proportional representation.
- Oftenly youth are used in brutality and sidelined in positive vitality. There should be pragmatic actions that promote the interest of the young adults, effective utilization of young skills and intellect coupled with their physical input.
- Recently through the United Nations platform, it youth involved in economic affairs has taken a further step. A consensus has been reached that there is need to include the youth in agriculture. This entails both their hardware and software input in the sector. Youths need to own land and be availed title deeds so that their contribution can be deemed remarkable.
Previous initiatives in improving the plight of youths, poverty eradication, and other developmental fraternities, have excluded and were silent in addressing the challenges at the epicentre of tearing apart the social fabric. If we are to take the ailing world out of the rabble of ills like terrorism, global economic crises, civil strife rife, among other things scaling down collective and consented efforts there is need to welcome the youngsters up to the stage.”