15 Zambian Youth Groups Receive K1.6m Funding

15 Zambian Youth Groups Receive K1.6m Funding.

THE United Kingdom ( UK) government through ActionAid Zambia ( AAZ) has provided funding of about K1.6 million to 15 youth organisations across the country to enable them to participate in national development.

The money disbursed under the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Firestarter Initiative ( QYLFI) will empower youths in Lusaka, Luapula, Copperbelt, Western, Southern, Muchinga and Northern provinces.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is an initiative by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

AAZ country director Nalucha Ziba said the QYLFI aims at recognising outstanding individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 who are using their skills to transform lives in the communities they live.

Ms Ziba said during the event yesterday that she is hopeful the funding will encourage more organisations to apply for grants in an effort to reduce poverty and unemployment among the youths.

“ The programme, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth, is designed to help young people transform their own lives and those of others around them. The K1,560,036 or £ 157,720.99 project is going to benefit 15 youth organisations that have been selected from the first round of the QYLFI,” she said.

And speaking when he officiated at the QYLFI small grants scheme, Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development Vincent Mwale said Government attaches great importance to youth empowerment and their participation in national growth.

Mr Mwale commended AAZ for the initiative, saying the programme will enable the youth to turn their ideas into projects.

“ As a government we are encouraged that the UK government’s effort to help young people transform their own lives and those of others in their communities through the QYLFI will help our youths realise their leadership roles and be eager to build their skills that would enable them to contribute to the development of our country,” he said.

Mr Mwale said this in a speech read for him by National Youth Development Council director for programmes Stanslaus Chilekwa.