In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, which had been held from 8 to 12 August 1998, that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. It was noted that the day would give the world an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

As we commemorate this important day, Zimbabwe at 40, celebrates the youth who throughout generations have showed an insatiable hunger to make this country the great place it is, young people who know that there is still more that can be done and more that they can do to build Zimbabwe; the Zimbabwe we all want. Our youth are vivacious, peaceful, confident, innovative, valiant, brilliant and decided.

The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation is impressed by and proud of youth and youth groups who have flooded the media on this important day, baring their inner most thoughts, sharing their experiences, proffering solutions to challenges of our daily lives and challenging Government to commit more to young people. Youth are a clear predictor of our future and as they participate in political, economic and social life and processes it is clear there is life after Covid-19, there is life after our economic challenges, there is indeed life after our seemingly political differences. A better Zimbabwe is in the making. My Ministry seeks to and is indeed committed to making stronger the bonds that bind us, we are all we have; we are one- and to support youth achieve their full potential.

In line with Section 20 of the Zimbabwean Constitution the Ministry seeks to achieve this important task through its departments, programmes and projects and various entities- Zimbabwe Youth Council, Empowerbank, Vocational Training Centers, National Arts Council, National Art Gallery, Sports Commission of Zimbabwe and Youth Interact Centers.

May we continue to share respectfully, engage positively and progressively remember to stay safe. Happy International Youth Day Zimbabwe!

Tendai Guvamombe