By ZBC reporter
Youths in Zimbabwe have been challenged to take a creative and solid role in national development through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Africa is home to the world’s largest young population and if properly harnessed, the booming youthful population offers enormous potential for accelerated economic growth and innovation.
Addressing young people in Harare this Saturday at the launch of the Youth of Innovation programme, patron of the programme Prophet Walter Magaya said it is high time Africa’s young generation actively participate in the socio-economic development of their nations through innovation.
“Our aim is to produce future African think tanks, innovators and entrepreneurs. Every youth is free to join the programme regardless of their religious background. We are all united in this by the desire to see an empowered young generation. We need hard workers who are willing to take the reigns of their fathers and become better than those who came before us,” said Prophet Magaya.
Youths who spoke to ZBC News said the programme presents an opportunity to realise untapped potential that lies within young people.
“As young people, we are excited because many of us fail not because we are dull but it is as a result of lack of support and mentorship and with this programme we won’t go wrong.”
The Youth of Innovation Programme aims at moulding young innovative minds aged between 15 and 35 through financial support and technical assistance in various projects.
According to the United Nations, in 2019 youths between the ages of 15 and 24 numbered 1.2 billion in the world, a figure projected to grow by 7% to 1.3 billion by 2030.