The youth organization Possibility Thinkers, and the Ministry of Youth in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted a training session on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with the youth of the Moses II Garoeb Constituency. The UNIC team outlined the 17 Goals, detailing what each goal means and hopes to achieve. The introductory approach laid the foundation in discussing ideas and limitations but also provide practically applicable solutions that affect youth in communities.
The initial training facilitated by UNIC is a pilot in gauging youth awareness of the SDGs and is part of a larger programme by Possibility Thinkers titled, “Namibia’s Development Question in the context of the SDGs.” The aim of the programme is to create awareness on the SDGs at community level with the goals of creating platforms for engaging youth in the monitoring and accountability of the SDGs, developing a youth led accountability monitoring framework building the capacity of youth in social accountability, budget and service delivery tracking and sensitising the youth and community members about the SDGs and their importance in everyones life.
The programme will strengthen the network of Namibian youth engaging with the SDGs, encourage partnerships and bring together political, civil society and business leaders. Young leaders will have the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives on what needs to be done to realise the SDGs in Namibia by 2030.
The UNIC team engaged in a fruitful dialogue with 25 participants, age 18-43. The participants did break away sessions in smaller groups to develop action plans for a specific and concrete ways to implement the SDGs in the community. With a greater focus on SDG #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth. Furthermore, the youth wish for continuous community engagement to apply knowledge and skills to benefit others or serve the public good