As part of the 2017 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit, TJNA in collaboration with Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) and the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) will be holding the SADC People’s Summit Regional Debates and Public Speaking Gala which will be held from the 16th to 18th of August 2017. The participants will feature teams from tertiary institutions drawn from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.
The theme of this year’s debate is ‘Strengthening Youth Participation in Policy Dialogue Processes’ and is borne of the recognition of young people’s role in the development of the continent, particularly in driving the achievement of Agenda 2063 of and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Envisioning a stable and prosperous Africa is the responsibility of young Africans, who account for more than 50% of the current African population.
ZIMCODD and TJNA are grounded in the understanding that only a locally generated idea that connects Africa to the global community, and one led by Africa’s youth, can ensure sustainable change. The Regional Debates and Public Speaking Gala is an opportunity for students across the SADC to learn and engage in policy issues. The Debate will expose them to different material, especially that of a research nature. This would go a long way in giving them a glimpse into other perspectives especially on emerging link- topics such as gender and human rights, climate change, Free Trade Areas and most of all, make them aware of the responsibilities that await them as future leaders and decision-makers on the continent’s prospects.
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