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Youth empowerment: Catalyst for achieving Vision 2030

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By Shephard Majengeta

IN the landscape of Zimbabwe’s Second Republic, the role of our youth stands as a pivotal force in driving economic devel-opment forward.
Gone are the days of excuses; today’s youth are poised to be active participants and catalysts for progress, embracing their responsibility to contribute to the nation’s growth and prosperity.
The Second Republic has heralded a new era, characterised by a shared vision of unity, innovation and sustainable de-velopment.
At the heart of this vision is the rec-ognition that the youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow but the architects of today’s transformative journey.
Youth empowerment in the economic sphere is not merely a suggestion; it is a fundamental necessity. Here are several key reasons why:


Innovative solutions
Youth bring fresh perspectives, inno-vative ideas and technological prowess to the table. They are adept at harnessing digital tools, exploring new markets and driving entrepreneurship. By empow-ering more youths, Zimbabwe can tap into this reservoir of creativity and drive forward solutions to complex economic challenges.
Job creation
Unleashing the potential of young entrepreneurs and skilled professionals can lead to job creation across various sectors. The youth are not just job seekers but job creators, fostering a vibrant eco-system of employment opportunities for their peers and communities.
Harnessing local talent and resources
Zimbabwe boasts a wealth of untapped talent and natural resources. By investing in youth education, skills development and entrepreneurship training, the nation can harness this potential domestically, reducing dependency on external sources and promoting self-sufficiency.
Global competitiveness
In an increasingly interconnected world, youth empowerment is key to en-hancing Zimbabwe’s global competitive-ness. By nurturing a skilled workforce, fostering innovation hubs and promoting sustainable practices, Zimbabwean youth can lead the charge in positioning the nation as a dynamic player on the international stage.
Social cohesion and inclusion
Empowering youth transcends eco-nomic benefits; it fosters social cohesion, inclusion and empowerment. When young people are actively engaged in shaping their future, they become stake-holders in national progress, driving col-lective prosperity and unity.
However, with empowerment comes responsibility. The youth of Zimbabwe must seize opportunities, embrace chal-lenges and uphold values of integrity, resilience and dedication. There should be no room for excuses or complacency; instead, a mindset of proactive engage-ment, continuous learning and ethical leadership is essential.
Empowerment is not merely a priv-ilege; it is a profound responsibility that comes with the duty to contribute positively to society, uphold ethical stan-dards, and strive for excellence. Nowhere is this truer than in the context of Zimba-bwean youth.
With empowerment comes the imperative to seize opportunities, embrace challenges and uphold core values of in-tegrity, resilience and dedication.


The youth of Zimbabwe are endowed with immense potential, creativity and energy.
Seizing opportunities means actively seeking out avenues for growth, learning and personal development. Whether through education, entrepreneurship, or civic engagement, Zimbabwean youth must take initiative in pursuing their as-pirations and contributing meaningfully to their communities.
This requires a mindset of ambition, curiosity and a willingness to step out of comfort zones to explore new horizons.
Embracing challenges is another vital aspect of youth empowerment.Challenges are not roadblocks but stepping stones to growth and resilience. Whether facing economic hurdles, social inequalities, or environmental concerns, Zimbabwean youth must approach chal-lenges with determination, adaptability and a solutions-oriented mindset.
By embracing challenges head-on, they can catalyse positive change and drive progress in their communities and the nation at large.


Upholding values of integrity, resil-ience, and dedication is non-negotiable in the journey of empowerment. Integrity means acting ethically, honestly, and responsibly in all endeavours, whether personal or professional.
It involves making principled decisions, respecting others and upholding the rule of law. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks, learn from failures and persevere in the face of adversity.
It requires mental strength, persever-ance and a positive outlook even in chal-lenging times. Dedication encompasses commitment, hard work and a sense of purpose in pursuing goals and contribut-ing to meaningful causes.
It involves prioritising long-term im-pact over short-term gains and staying focused on objectives despite obstacles.
Excuses and complacency have no place in the realm of empowerment.
Instead, Zimbabwean youth must cul-tivate a mindset of accountability, owner-ship and proactive engagement.
This means taking responsibility for actions, learning from mistakes, and constantly striving for improvement. It also involves staying informed, critically analysing information and actively par-ticipating in shaping the future of their nation.
Continuous learning is a cornerstone of empowerment. The world is constantly evolving, and staying relevant requires a commitment to lifelong learning, skill development and staying abreast of glob-al trends.
Zimbabwean youth must embrace op-portunities for education, training and acquiring new knowledge and skills.
This not only enhances personal growth but also equips them to con-tribute effectively to a rapidly changing world.
Ethical leadership is a hallmark of empowered youth. Whether in formal leadership roles or as influencers within their communities, Zimbabwean youth must lead by example, inspire others, and champion values of integrity, inclusivity and social responsibility.
Ethical leadership involves making decisions that benefit the common good, fostering collaboration and empowering others to reach their full potential.
Empowerment comes with great re-sponsibility for Zimbabwean youth. Seiz-ing opportunities, embracing challenges, upholding values of integrity and resil-ience, and fostering ethical leadership are essential pillars of youth empowerment.
By embracing these principles, Zimba-bwean youth can chart a course towards a brighter future, driving positive change, and contributing to the sustainable devel-opment and prosperity of their nation.
The Second Republic provides a fertile ground for youth to thrive, supported by initiatives such as the youth-focused entrepreneurship programmes and ed-ucational reforms that emphasise skills development.
The youth of Zimbabwe are not just by-standers but active participants in shap-ing the nation’s economic destiny. By em-powering them, providing opportunities and fostering an enabling environment, Zimbabwe can unlock its full potential and embark on a path of sustainable growth, prosperity and inclusive develop-ment in the Second Republic and beyond.

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