GIS – August 12, 2013: A National Youth Forum under the theme Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward was held this morning at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in Bell Village.
Organised by the National Youth Council (NYC) to mark International Youth Day, the event brought together around 200 young people aged between 16 and 30 years coming from Regional Youth Councils, secondary schools and youth organisations.
The objective was to provide a platform for participants to express their views on issues directly pertaining to youth. The forum also aimed at encouraging youth participation and contribution to the various sectors of development of the country.
Topics discussed included employment, education, circular migration opportunities, and youth and social development. Resource persons were from the Mauritius Institute of Education and, the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.
In his opening address, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Satyaprakash Ritoo, stressed Government’s belief in young Mauritians’ potential and their capacity in helping the country progress on the socio-economic front. We have to keep in mind that young people are the leaders of tomorrow and as such need to be trained to take adequate decisions, he said.
According to the Minister, the present national forum represents a great opportunity for participants to reflect and discuss on several issues in the limelight such as employment and circular migration, especially when the world is facing an economic crisis. Minister Ritoo also highlighted that migration is not only related to Mauritius but is a global phenomenon with millions of young people migrating yearly in search of new opportunities. There are certain cases where young migrants fall prey to difficulties, hence the importance for young Mauritians wishing to explore new opportunities to gather maximum information on the subject beforehand, observed the Minister.
About the NYC
The NYC is a body corporate under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It has been established under the NYC Act 1998 to serve as a bridge between the government and the youth. It grants affiliation to National Youth Organisations and also functions as an advisory board to the Minister on the development and implementation of programmes to integrate youth in all sectors of national development.
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