Young Men Christian Association(YMCA) Programme Development Secretary Daniel Phiri says unskilled and uninformed youths are not in a position to make informed decisions and sadly, certain people in society take advantage of their vulnerability to exploit them.
This is a reason, Mr Phiri says, YMCA has embarked on a mission to move youths from subjects to citizens through the S2C philosophy.
“One of the things YMCA is doing is championing the philosophy of S2C. S2C means from Subjects to Citizens. We are moving young people from the state of being subjects to the state of citizens, ” Mr Phiri said in an interview at the sideline of the two-day workshop on Transformative Masculinity at Tecla Lodge, ” We are creating a voice for young people so that they have information regarding their rights and responsibilities.”
He said YMCA is imparting skills to young people so that they become economically independent.
“Most of our young people lack adequate skills and they are taken advantage of. Some fall prone to peer pressure and manipulation because they don’t have skills. We have realized that creating a voice for young people is not enough therefore, we create
platforms locally and internationally where young people’s voices are heard. We can only reach out to a significant number due to available resources therefore, an institution we do not want the youths we have trained to hold on to the knowledge we impart in them but to make sure they influence others and this brings us to the third component of giving our youth the ability to influence. We have noticed that this philosophy is yielding positive results,” he said.
Mr Phiri is confident that the S2C philosophy will end dependence syndrome among young people.