Exactly! It will be of great wastage if the resources of the youth are not properly utilized.
“The youths of a nation are the trustees of posterity.” _ Benjamin Disraeli.
It’s possible to say that our nations are on the threshold of golden age; but if so, it will be necessary first to slay the lion that guards the future and this lion is the youth. We as youths are the most substantial and sturdiest beings towards nation building activities because we posses the courage and well-being to facilitate a change in our nation’s future. We all know that man is the only creature with the ability and power to prosper and develop, a gift bestowed upon by the good Lord our God. If we keenly take a look at the chronicles of mankind creature, we are sure to take into notice that those who contributed to the developing of mankind were trained and prepared in their early youth. It is clear that strong foundations determine the strength of big luxury houses and in the contrast view of points, if youths are given strong foundation then our nations will be strong enough in terms of development processes.
Everything needs to change, just from the foundation, mentoring programs and all the way up to employment because we youths are the pillars of a nation towards nation building and development processes.
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only the power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”_ Martin Luther King Jnr.
Education is the key to success. Proper education builds a strong future for the youth, hence, enhancement in development is made. Sufficient educational facilities is Paramount towards building a better nation. We as youths should be given good teachings in our schools, colleges and universities. Our governments should ensure schools have enough facilities like building more laboratories, research centres, Libraries and sporting systems. Recruiting professional teachers is also very important to ensure youths receive quality and proper education. This will enhance our skills and power. We will be able to know in what category can we perform best and help our nations. The architecture of the modern time says that, if a house being built is given stronger foundation then the house is at the premium level to survive more and more decades to come. In comparison and contrast of the statements, the house here is the youths and the foundation here is the education. The solely power of better education is it’s capacity to enable the youths venture and explore more about the world of today and by this, several opportunities are created. The extra curriculum activities provided in the educational sector will enable youths discover their power of what they can be able to do best. The government should set up enough funds and facilities to help in the free education system. This will enable the poor who are not able to pay their school fees to go to school without any problem. Education all also opens up the road to several opportunities like sports. In schools youths meet to participate actively in activities like music festivals,soccer and athletics. This will ensure those with the abilities in different activities pursue them in a professional level.
“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict argument and debates.”_ Margaret Heffernan.
Our governments should create a debate forum where youths can share their conflicts of interest. Sharing of ideas is the key that leads to several innovations and key developments. If a platform is set up so that we as youths can be able to share that which we have and then implement it into work then our nations will see major and modern developments.
Youths will actively participate leading to borrowing and grasping of different ideas or even combining the ideas to form something big. I’m very sure that when we share out our minds in this special forum then we are looking at a brighter future with no unemployment crisis and a nation of more technological advancements. For example in Kenya, we’re one of the leaders in mobile banking services. This was due to one of the technological advancement known as M-pesa, a service created by our own youth that allows one to send, receive and withdraw money wherever you are. The M-pesa service has seen a huge number of the youths ranging to over 50000 getting employment in working in M-pesa shops. Now let’s take a look, if this idea was shared in a platform like this, then it would have been created and built more efficiently and something big would have been created due to the power of shared minds. This is just a minor example but if the platform is created so that youths can be able to share out their minds then our nations will be very strong and major developments shall be witnessed.
“If it’s clear that the youth will be encouraged and listened to and preparations are well thought out, we are set for success… Having youths on boards and commissions has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Youth feel their voice is valued and that they have an impact on city decisions. Adult members benefits from the fresh perspective, optimism, and enthusiasm youth bring to the table.”_ Matt McCarte.
In the event of launching government development projects, the youths should be included to participate. This will ensure that we as youths realise that we are not left out in the cold but we are given a chance to actively participate in nation building process. Involvement of the youth in the events like this will bring in new and fresh ideas that when combined together will help solve different kinds of issues towards launching of development projects in the country. The youths should also be supported in implementing their own projects once they feel that they have come up with a wonderful strategy. Encouragement and mentoring of the youth in allowing them to work out on their dreams is an empowerment strategy that helps in feeling supported in the gradual process. This will ensure that the youth keep working daily to make sure that our nations are built strongly enough.
“When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – its possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting. You can not just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.”_ Ben Harper.
Our nations should get involved in partnership development programs that can help us grow to the better heights. This partnership creates several opportunities for the youths because it will give employment opportunities for the youths. Recently we witnessed a partnership between Kenya and China in building one of the most anticipated Standard Gauge Railway. This showed great results in offering employment to over 10000 Kenyan youths and the Chinese engineers too. A partnership like this if continued each and everytime then we as youths will not have to cry about jobs and unemployment issues will be solved to capacity. This partnership includes combining of ideas between the two nations. The youths here also interacted to share their engineering skills. Jobs are created and youths can now exercise their abilities. This makes a strong nation through skilled youths.
Partnerships like this should be highly encouraged to maximum so that it can facilitate in nation building process through the youths.
“Since scarcity is the basic economic problem, if it does not exist then there is no reason for my economic course. Devoting time to the study of how people use limited resources to fulfill unlimited wants and needs should help us to discover how to best utilize the resources we have at our disposal.” _ Kurt Bills.
Our governments have the responsibility to make sure that the youth’s limited resources, that they have, are well spent effectively and efficiently. The programs that are set up should also be followed up to ensure that the mission is accomplished. It will be of great wastage if the resources of the youth are not properly utilized if we are not given a chance to practice our abilities because our nations need us to facilitate the good look of our land and make the coming days more brighter. We as youths are here to demonstrate that one thing that our leaders have never been willing to consider within themselves. Our brighter minds act like a limelight for our nations and this is because we contain vast information as compared to any previous generations. We have the creativity, dynamisms, and idealisms that we can be able to combine to shape attitudes toward demand and assist in creating more sustainable industries. In the most developed countries, they consider their youth as a valuable asset towards nation building and that’s why they continue to grow in every second of life while the developing countries continue to ignore and waste the resources that are meant for the youths. This is the main reason why the developing countries continue to lag behind in every successes of the world. The government should ensure that it’s youth are on the right track and that the resources bestowed upon, are being utilized to capacity. This will ensure that no burden for the country is created towards unemployment issues and high rising crime rates. It will also act as a productive role in the long-term measurement. Our good governments, therefore, needs to to ensure enough facilities, resources and employment opportunities are created to assist in realizing our big dreams and our roles as youths towards nation building process.
“If we are to reach real peace in this world… We shall have to begin with children.” _ Mahatma Gandhi.
Peace creates love and likewise love creates peace. When the two are combined together, then development process kicks in. Development means, several opportunities are created leading to job creations. The many jobs created means that the unemployment crisis is solved.
Solving unemployment lowers the crime rates. Peace is then created due to the fact that everyone has something to do. People lack peace when they have no jobs to suit their needs fully. The peace process should begin right from our children. We should give our young ones moral lessons so that when they grow up, they grow into strong youths which help take our nations to the next level. The moral lessons that is taught to them will bring in peace in our nations, hence, development is facilitated. It’s peace and love that strengthen our youths and we all know that stronger youths makes a strong nation. The young generation should be given enough freedom and that they should be allowed to participate in whatever activity they want to, so long as they don’t hurt anyone. This will ensure strong foundation is created and that our nations will thrive in Love, Peace and Harmony, leading to development processes in the country. It is the peace that is going to mould our youths into strong youths and the stronger the youths are, the stronger the nation.
In a nutshell, the proposals above are an ideal measure towards strengthening our nations through youths. We as youths act as the problem solvers because we posses new and vast information and an understanding of how things run and work. Praising God is good but one has to posses an understanding of how current things work and we youths understand that better. We have a positive impact towards our young ones because the young ones will only follow our footsteps; that means that we must lead as a good example so that our young ones follow and do the right things at the right moment. If the youths of a nation get messed up, then our nations get messed up too. We are extremely ambitious about our dreams and we can be able to create and identify several opportunities that can help the country move forward. For better and for worse, we cannot be able to accomplish all these if our governments do not join hands in supporting us positively. It’s now clear that when all the above proposals are put into consideration by our wonderful Presidents then we are gearing towards a future full of hope and opportunities leading to success of our nations.
“We all benefit by having young people exposed to the ‘way things are done’ in a democratic society. Isn’t it time… to ‘tap the power of the youth?” _ Hans Bernard.
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