Youth focus of Commonwealth Day: Zuma

By Drum Digital
11 March 2013

South Africa will celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday by focusing on youth development issues, President Jacob Zuma said.

In a statement issued by the international relations department, Zuma said this year's theme for the day was "Opportunity through Enterprise: Unlocking potential with innovation and excellence".

"By celebrating this day on 11 March 2013, South Africa, in collaboration with other Commonwealth members, is joining hands in intensifying the development of our young people and creating new opportunities to unlock their potential."

Youth workers needed to be recognised for their contribution to uplifting the lives of young South Africans. Investment in the youth was a global necessity because of problems such as high levels of unemployment, crime and HIV and Aids.

South Africa would host the first Commonwealth conference on the education and training of youth workers at the University of SA's Pretoria campus next Monday.

"It is expected that the conference will bring together participants from across the Commonwealth member states for three days to deliberate on 40 years of progress in education and training towards professionalising youth work."

-by Sapa

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