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Celebrating International Youth Day: Youth join hands against youth migration

United Nations Association of Uganda (UNAU) commemorated this year’s International Youth Day at Cavendish University with a youth dialogue forum.

Under the theme: “Youth migration – Moving development forward,” youth from various educational institutions were engaged in discussions and group work sessions to discover the root cause of the migrations and thus how to harness the practice.

Representatives from the 12 UNAU chapters made presentations in line with the theme and what they thought of the situation with focus on Uganda. These presenters looked at areas such as health, employment, education and information technology.

The day was attended by the UNAU President, Mr. Muwanguzi George, General Secretary, Mr. Baguma Richard and Mr. Agaba Ronald Bills a youth motivational speaker was the key presenter.

Muwanguzi George thanked the young people for the hard work and urged them to believe in themselves. He said “migration of the youth cannot be stopped but it can be managed if the youth believe that they can make a difference in the areas where it originates.” Mr. Muwanguzi emphasised the need to encourage, empower and enable the youth so that the loss of energetic and brilliant youth through migration to other countries  in the world  is managed.

Baguma Richard brought to the attention of the participants that the UN estimates 27 million people migrate which is more than half of the Ugandan population which is 33million. He informed the participants that migration is both internal and external. As a way for harnessing that, the General Secretary said, “there is need to know what opportunities exist for the young people that migrate, and whether these movements develop or retard the communities?”

Mr. Agaba Ronald Bills appreciated the involvement of the young people in dialogues on issues that affect them and urged the youth to use such opportunities to ensure that their voices are heard at a wider platform.

He encouraged the people involved to look into the need to empower the youth, keep doors open and know that everyone is useful. “There is need to engage and encourage the youth to discuss and take part in activities that will improve their well being” he said.

“The youth need to be involved in activities that allow them to be creative and allow innovation and the fact that youth migration cannot be stopped means that need to focus on managing and seeing how to create opportunities for the youth most especially in the developing countries.” He concluded.

Institutions that took part in the commemoration include; Makerere University, Nkumba University, Cavendish University, Islamic University in Uganda, Mulago paramedical School, Ndejje University, Uganda Christian University, Makerere University Business School, Kampala International University, Uganda Institute of Communication and Technology, and a youth group from Kiryandongo.

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