Tuesday July 15 2014

Lets address youth challenges now

Despite progress made by the NRM government in empowering the youth, their prospects remain challenging. Uganda’s deplorable education system is in dire need of an overhaul. Revisiting the prosperity for all programme and putting emphasis on entrepreneurial skills are some of the major issues that must be dealt with.
Our graduates do not even know Uganda’s history. Instead a number of them know the coach of Manchester United or/and Arsenal and the best spectator of the year.
Many of them know how many valleys are in America and can tell you the number of angels who sit near Jesus on a daily basis but know very little about Uganda. This is an issue that calls for deeper examination.
More than half of Uganda’s population is still under the age of 16. This represents a huge burden for both the parents and taxpayers since these young people are largely consumers and not producers.
The next generation of people - call them young adults are equally disappointing. Look at their leadership in the NRM Youth League. Do they have any concrete proposals to the leadership of the party?
These questions require answers, especially from the youth themselves. In many ways, the issues involved touch on our past and the national psyche, the shrinking globe, technological advances and other factors not forgetting homosexuality.
During the Halcyon pre-colonial days, our society had its tradition and culture defined roles of its members from the day they were born to the day they died and even after. Our cultural and moral fabric has continually weakened since the advent of colonialism and the infusion of religious and other aspects of Western civilisation not withstanding the positive attributes of some of the Western culture such as technological advancements.
What was not inevitable was the destruction of the positive attributes of our culture. The coming of imperial forces with acquiescent religious missions in the vine guard, deemed that any existing tradition and cultural practices were primitive and satanic. They must be uprooted to create a spiritual and intellectual void in which to propagate the incoming faith and moral values.
Gradually, a culturally rootless youth, without a historical and ideological understanding of their mother country, could erupt like a volcano. It is this situation that calls for policy formulators and implementers to move fast and help the generation.
Dornam Ahumuza,