Youth have been asked to embrace the Parish Development Model and other government programs if they are to change their lives.
The call was made by a section of youth leaders under different organizations who gathered at the peer-to-peer dialogue in Kisasi, as part of the celebrations for the International Youth Day.
These said youths need to be at the forefront of the program at the different parishes.
According to them, it is their responsibility to ensure that they benefit from government programs because they are there but benefiting a few.
Lilian Babirye, the Program Coordinator of the Civil Society Strengthening Network (CSSN) said, this is the only chance youth have since, 30% of the PDM money belongs to the youth, “but literally this money is ours because we make up the big population, it’s upon us youth to embrace this PDM if we want to benefit because the money will be there, that’s why as CSSN we want to help you legalize your organizations and benefit.”
The peer-to-peer was organized by CSNN to mark the International Youth Day under the theme: the role of youth in the implementation of the PDM.
Babirye said they are discussing some of the issues that are affecting young organizations that are growing
Julius Bakashaba, the Community Development Officer of Makindye Division assured the youth that the PDM money will be managed by the Parish Development Committee which will comprise of various people so there is nothing like politics in it.