WINDHOEK: Close to 30 young people from Southern Africa are gathered in the capital for the Southern African Regional Youth Forum (SARYF), which commenced here on Monday.
The participants who are from Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the host Namibia, will discuss the challenges, opportunities and visions involved in youth development in Southern Africa.
The forum is hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in partnership with the National Youth Council.
A media statement issued by FES here on Monday said the main objectives of the forum include bringing together from different countries in Southern Africa, for the first time ever, past graduates of youth leadership development programmes and youth involved in FES programmes and the creating of a platform for sharing and networking.
It is also aimed at offering an opportunity to strengthen and further experience leadership capacity within a totally different and new context while setting standards of international networking.
The SARYF is aimed at building on diverse experiences and bringing together people with diverse backgrounds from different cultural, social, economic and political backgrounds.
The participants will also visit the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Namibia National Students Organization (NANSO), Heroes’ Acre, the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) and the Penduka Women Project in Katutura.
The forum ends on Wednesday, 19 September 2012.