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UN: Unemployment among the youth is a time bomb

 11Mr. Rodrigues holding a copy of Tuwasiliane newspaper printed by the UTPC’s auspices  

A massive tide of unemployment among the world’s youth, including those of Tanzania, is one of the most pressing social problems that, the United Nations (UN) Tanzania feels, need to be addressed adequately for it to turn round.

The concern is contained in Mr Alvaro Rodriguez’s remarks he made when the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania paid a courtesy visit to Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC) premises, in Mwanza, recently.

Reacting to Mr Abubakar Karsan, a UTPC Executive Director, Mr Rodriguez also the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident in the country, described the unbearably higher unemployment rates in many countries in the world as a potential time bomb.

He noted that should the problem, compounded by the current inequitable socio – economic and political systems keep persisting, then the situation is most likely to make the disillusioned youth more willing to consider new and different violent principles and ideas to realize their dreams.

Mr Rodriguez made no mention of such terrorist, Al - Qaeda affiliated groups as Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Somalia’s Al - Shabab, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the like.

But the survey clearly suggests that all the aforesaid highly radicalized groups are made up of the disgruntled youth, most of whom have  either found it difficult to make ends meet or simply been ignored by their respective countries’ governments.

Other areas of priority which the UN official said equally needed to be looked into with a critical eye, include particularly such marginalized groups as women and persons with disability so they get involved in participatory democracy, which strives to create opportunities for all the citizenry.

Earlier on, the UTPC Executive Director updated Mr Rodriguez, during the latter’s brief visit, on UTPC’s historical background, vision, mission, objectives, structure and Strategic Plan 2011- 2013 – related activities already carried out, achievements registered and challenges encountered.

Officially incepted in 1996 and subsequently registered with Home Affairs Ministry as a non – profit Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) in the following year, Mr Karsan said, UTPC has managed to establish a  Media Support & Development Fund in the name of the late Daudi Mwangosi, a Chairperson of Iringa Press Club (IPC), thus having its visibility enhanced, among other things.

He mentioned promoting professionalism, social interaction and refined development and raising the public’s awareness of press freedom and economic empowerment as UTPC’s some key objectives.

The visitor, currently on his familiarization tour of Lake Zone regions, during which he is inspecting UN – funded projects, is accompanied by Senior Human Rights Adviser, Dr Chitralekha Massey and Ms Hoyce Temu, a Communications Specialist.

Specifically, the objective of Mr Rodriguez’s mission in the Lake Zone is to attend the UNFPA- supported Alternative Rites of Passage of young girls and boys and projects and to access the Human Rights issues which include Female Genital Mutilations (FGM), early marriages and killings of people living with albinism.

According to the UTPC Director, this has been possible for its concerted efforts to support members of the Press Clubs, scattered all over United Republic of Tanzania, by providing them with training and modern working equipment.

As a result, Mr Karsan said , Tanzania’s rural areas are now accorded a wide coverage, besides UTPC’s initiatives to arbitrate in disputes between media stakeholders and practitioners and defused a suspicion and mistrust between the very journalists and the Police Force, following the brutal killing of Mr Mwangosi,

Contending that there are no successes without challenges, the Executive Director acknowledged that unfair and unreliable payments to freelancers, who constitute the majority of practitioners in Tanzania (by 75% - 80%), unethical reportage and journalists’ growing insecurity, impediments whose recommended remedial measures are contained in the upcoming Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019.   

Given that the two parties have a lot in common, in terms of their endeavour to promote the welfare of the general public, they agreed, in principle, to sit down and chart out how they can work in closer partnership in capacity building of the youth and media and in incorporating the Human Rights approach in future.  

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UTPC Executive Director briefing Mr. Rodrigues on Tuwasiliane newspaper run and printed by the umbrella body UTPC Executive Director briefing Mr. Rodrigues on Tuwasiliane newspaper run and printed by the umbrella body
The UN and Tanz...
The UN and Tanzania resident coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodrigues (Centre) posing for a group photo with UTPC Secretariat in Mwanza recently. Others in the pictures are Ms. Hoyce Temu (standing front row left) who is the UN Communication Specialist and The UN and Tanzania resident coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodrigues (Centre) posing for a group photo with UTPC Secretariat in Mwanza recently. Others in the pictures are Ms. Hoyce Temu (standing front row left) who is the UN Communication Specialist and
The UN Resident...
The UN Resident Coordinators delegation holding talks with UTPC staff members in Mwanza. The UN Resident Coordinators delegation holding talks with UTPC staff members in Mwanza.
Ms. Hoyce Temu,...
Ms. Hoyce Temu, UN Tanzania’s Communication specialist making a point during the talks. Ms. Hoyce Temu, UN Tanzania’s Communication specialist making a point during the talks.

 

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