Dodoma DC advocates for self-recognition among youth

18Jul 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Dodoma DC advocates for self-recognition among youth

DODOMA District Commissioner (DC) Patrobas Katambi yesterday urged youths in the region and the nation at large to believe in themselves and adopt government and other stakeholders' initiatives to improve their lives.

DODOMA District Commissioner (DC) Patrobas Katambi.

He argued that without self-recognition among youth, the biggest workforce and population in the country not much can be achieved in the national development endeavors.

Katambi also called the young people to have trust in government youth agendas, arguing that it is high time they stand steadfast in national development agenda steered by President John Magufuli.

Talking about his political moves, the DC said he had moved on different directions only to land back at the ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM). "I moved left, right and centre, moved East, West and South but home is best" he said urging youth to be more patriotic in their moves.

Katambi who was officiating at the opening of a one-day national learning event organised by a local non-governmental organization - Restless Development added that youth have opportunities to participate in nation building activities.

Nevertheless, he also observed that there is a common notion that youth, since they are still growing make a lot of mistakes as part of the learning process.

"Youth are in most wrongly judged with a belief that they are doing things in bad ways simply because they are young which to me is completely wrong" he stated.

He thanked Restless Development for a programme aimed at empowering youth, ensuring they gain self-recognition and actively take part in development activities.

The NGO through its programme dubbed, 'Kijana Wajibika' which translates as 'Youth Lets be Responsible' managed to reach 1,377 youths, 758 being males and 619 females since inception two days ago.

The programme's deputy coordinator, Denis Semi said the targeted a number of young people in the programme implemented in Kigamboni, Kinondoni, Morogoro and Dodoma districts was 1,254 but it surpassed the number.

He said through youth networks the organisation reached the young people, educating them on life skills, leadership, and responsibility of youth in the society, among others.

"The aim of the programme was to empower youths on various issues, instilling in them a sense of responsibility and self confidence," he said, adding that the programme is phasing out this month.

He added that it also aimed at engaging 250 government officials through seminars, training meetings on matters of youth development but reached 201 of them.

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