Somalia government to implement National Youth Policy

Published: November 5, 2014
Youth and Sports minister of Somalia
Youth and Sports minister of Somalia

Somalia’s government has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of a National Youth Policy.

Youth and sports minister confirmed the under progress plans during a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies held in the Azerbaijan capital.

The conference was participated by governments and parliaments, youth networks and movements, research and development communities to examine how youth policy can be implemented in war zones, post-conflict settings, and tackle youth unemployment.

Mr Khalid Omar Ali told reporters after the conference that his ministry is currently forming the policy in consultation with the young people and stakeholders highlights the priorities and policies to be adopted by government to ensure empowerment of the youth.

The Policy is expected to be ready and announced by 15th of May, next year – a day which is recognised as ‘’ Somali youth day’’.

Somali Youths played an acknowledged role in the process of gaining independence from the colonialists. A Somali movement called ‘’SYL’’ led the

According to researches made, more than half of Somalia’s population is under 18, with the majority born after the overthrow of Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991, the pivotal event that sent the country spiralling into a deeper anarchy.

The challenges facing Somali youth, although arguably more extreme, represent a microcosm of the wider African generational narrative and this leads international development agencies to a crossroads in terms of where best to channel future assistance.

Analysts say that economic empowerment of young people in Somalia is vital. 70% of the population is under 30 but a lack of economic opportunities and one of the world’s highest unemployment rates is threatening the country’s road to stability.

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