Recognising that “Human development through coordination, collaboration and networking is the key to capacity building”, the Southern African Youth Movement (SAYM) and the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) signed an Agreement of Cooperation at the BNYC offices in Gaborone on Friday.
The objective of the collaboration is to plan and carry out activities on the African Youth Advocacy Programmes, United Nations Millennium Campaign, Young Women Regional programmes, amongst others.
The BNYC and SAYM and their member organizations have exchanged experiences and knowledge that have increased the inter-organizational and inter-cultural understanding of democratic leadership, which have strengthened both organizations in achieving their goals.
The areas of focus include capacity building on human, youth rights and sexual reproductive health.
Democratic leadership skills through inter-cultural experiences sharing are some of the areas to be focused on.
Representing BNYC, the Executive Director, Fidelis Molao, said that they acknowledge the mutual beneficial agreement and will conduct themselves within the ambit of the aims and objectives of the cooperation.
“Today’s signing is an initiative that will benefit the youth regionally and will recognize the works of young people in Southern Africa because it is a solid cooperation in the development of young people,” said Molao.
SAYM President, Muzwakhe Sigudhla, emphasized that both parties pledge to utilize their efforts in good faith to consult and cooperate with each other in the performance of the agreement. He also mentioned that the exchange programs will take place in SADC.
“Similar youth challenges have been experienced and this meeting will help us overcome them in regional forums. We want to empower and educate the youth because youth programs are diverse,” said Sigudhla.
The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness and strengthen capacity among all target groups on youth, human rights, gender issues and HIV and AIDS with special focus on youth.