Summit to focus on rural youth

2010-07-27 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG will be hosting scores of researchers, politicians, business leaders, scholars and delegates from Southern African Development Community this week.

They will be attending the three-day International Rural Youth Development Summit (IRYDS 2010) taking place tomorrow at the YMCA in Scottsville.

The summit will discuss issues leading to the establishment of rural youth development guidelines.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) decided to host the summit because it is one of the leading municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal with disadvantaged rural communities where poverty and lack of quality development are a major concern.

Mthobisi Mkhize, CEO of uMvithi Youth Development Consultants, said the main topic for the summit is themed “Working towards a sustainable rural youth development”.

Other topics to be discussed are rural tourism, arts and agriculture and economic development. Sub-topics will include: the value of culture, ethnicity and heritage in the modern community; the role of youth in rural and disadvantaged communities; rural entrepreneurship in arts and craft, tourism, agriculture, education and trade; and assessment of rural development programmes to enhance youth integration.

The summit will kick off with a research colloquium at the UMDM Conference room tomorrow, followed by a gala dinner in the evening at the YMCA,” said Mkhize.

He said the gala dinner will coincide with the launch of three rural-led concepts.

These concepts are an Inkosi Laduma cultural village and conference centre, an Impendle “world of tourism” and an uMgungundlovu academy of the arts.

Mkhize said the concepts were established to enhance youth, community and economic development in the rural areas of Impendle local municipality and Mpumuza traditional authority.

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