Epworth youth ready to participate in 2013 poll
Youth in Epworth have vowed to shake off the stigma associated with their participation in important national processes particularly in elections. The youth said this during a series of road-shows that were held at Reuben, Overspill and Solani shopping centres in Epworth on Saturday.
The road shows attracted hundreds of youth who said they were willing to make a difference in the country by registering to vote and participating in the forthcoming elections. Youthful urban grooves outfit, Extra Large provided entertainment and most importantly the role model effect as they kept on encouraging the youth to be shining examples to coming generations. A lot of youth went away with prizes such as t-shirts, caps and books. T-shirts were provided by the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) with the messages, “Real Swagg is Your Vote” which were very popular with the youth of Epworth. Newspapers were also distributed to the information starved community together with newsletters from Youth Agenda which had real life stories of youth in other communities who are making a difference by mobilizing other youth to vote.
Despite being situated close to the capital city, Epworth remains highly underdeveloped and lack proper housing and sanitation as well as the absence of electricity. Epworth’s 7 wards are home to half a million inhabitants most of whom are faced with a plethora of challenges ranging from poverty, lack of education and skills and marginalization. However, one of the biggest problems faced by youth in Epworth has been the difficulties in obtaining national registration documents such as birth certificates and national identification documents. Their failure to access the documents has largely contributed to the failure to register as voters while some were born to parents of foreign descent, mainly from Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.