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Gov't Asked to Involve Youth in Wealth Creation Programs

Maraka noted that while there are so many wealth creation programs such as Emyooga and the Parish Development Model, many of them have failed to reach the youth who would be the real beneficiaries.
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Kampala Area Federation of Communities-KAFOC has urged the government to monitor the inclusion of youth in wealth creation programs.

Prossy Maraka, KAFOC's Programs Manager, made the call plea while addressing participants at a Youth Day Celebration event held on Saturday at Kasubi Church of Uganda Primary School.

Maraka noted that while there are so many wealth creation programs such as Emyooga and the Parish Development Model, many of them have failed to reach the youth who would be the real beneficiaries.

She explained that many of the youth under their umbrella organization have often complained that they cannot access funds, which makes it difficult for them to contribute to the sustainable development goals.  

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International Youth Day, observed annually on August 12, serves to celebrate the contributions of young people to society while addressing their challenges. Instituted by the United Nations (UN) in 1999, this day aims to raise awareness and commend the significant roles played by young individuals in societal development.  

In Kasubi, more than 200 youth participated in the one-day event that had competitions in football, and netball. The youths were from Bbiina, Kireka, Mbuya, and Nakulabye.  

Several youths that URN talked to said they were looking forward to such events because they give them a platform to display their skills and pursue professional careers in both Football and Netball  

In addition to the competitions, KAFOC organized HIV testing and counseling (HTC) for the youths, acknowledging the increasing prevalence of the virus among teenagers. The organization recognizes the importance of addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among young people, as indicated by the Uganda AIDS Commission's annual report for 2022-2023.  

The report disclosed that individuals aged 15-24 years account for 36% of new HIV infections. In 2022, alone, Uganda recorded 52,000 new infections and 2,000 AIDS-related deaths, emphasizing the urgent need to enhance prevention efforts and allocate resources to meet ambitious targets.  

Maraka emphasized that promoting sustainable development goals requires prioritizing the well-being of the youth. In light of current research indicating a high prevalence of HIV among young people, she emphasized the need to encourage testing and protect the lives of the youth for them to contribute meaningfully to the country's development.    

“If you look at the current research, HIV is on high, so whenever you have young people you encourage them to test and know where they stand, and if you are considering the sustainable development goals, their lives need to be protected if they are to contribute this country.” She added

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