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by Nonnoz, Namibia May 28, 2006
Child & Youth Rights   Opinions


Evidence suggests that young people are depressingly apathetic towards political interests and knowledge because of poor opinions of politicians and parliamentary behaviour.

These days, we as young people of this great Karas Region, the Region of Promise, as Prime Minister Nahas Angula so rightfully emphasised, often feel disengaged from democratic life.

Why? We ask ourselves whether the youth movement was only needed during the time of the struggle against apartheid? Are we as young people only needed during the campaign process and should we only be active in the run-up to the elections? And the question arises, are we, as young people, perhaps, not asking the same familiar, stagnating and boring questions? Things have changed and are still changing for the singular reason that change is inevitable.

We cannot deny the signs of change, we cannot rebel against change, we must accept change and grow with change to become a changed nation.

We have got to change for the better.

It's obvious that the situation of this country today is not comparable to that of 16 years ago.

Change happens fast and sometimes at a furious pace.

Are we, as young people, happy with the status quo, and therefore paying little attention to the development of this great region? The time is here to change that status quo.

Are we too secure to present our views on issues pertaining to the development of this region? Are we leaving everything to the policymakers? Are we having too much faith in having others make decisions for us, or are we too scared to let our voice be heard and be recognised by the policymakers of the region? Are we too comfortable in our comfort zone to establish dialogue and raise the issues which young people want to see addressed by our Government? Are we truly acting like young women and men aspiring to full participation with our challenges and our potential? Are we fully participating in decision making? Are we fully engaged in our own development? How do we improve dialogue and consultation with our policy-makers in this region? Do we recognise the fundamental political, economic and socio-cultural changes in this region, or are we too apathetic to notice them? What do you, as a young person of this region, do to improve the situation of the youth of the great Karas? What do you, as a prospective policymaker of this region, do to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation? Are you, prospective policymaker, leading a self-sufficient life? Who failed to engage young people - ourselves? The time has come to reach out and shout, dear sisters and brothers.

We live only in the now, therefore, we have to stimulate further interest in politics to tackle apathy amongst ourselves.

We now have to become continually active in our respective communities of this region.

We now have to devise innovative solutions to long-standing problems and make young people from all backgrounds aware of opportunities for change.




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