GITEGA April 4th (ABP) – Burundi’s Head of State Pierre Nkurunziza officially launched, on Tuesday April 3, 2018 in the compounds of the Gitega Paramedical School in Gitega commune and province (center of the country) , the activities of the 3rd National Youth Forum for two days.

In his occasional speech, President Nkurunziza said that the forum is under the theme “Encouraging youth to patriotism and its role to better live its present and prepare for a better future.”

Justifying the motives that led to the choice of the theme, he said that reference was made to the values ​​that our country conveys. He cited the same language, mutual aid, courage and solidarity to invite Burundian youth to show their determination to take control of their destiny and that of the country’s development.

“In Burundi, youth occupies 60% of the population. We need its strength to contribute to the development of the country, “said Nkurunziza, before inviting young people not to listen to the detractors of peace, arguing that they compete in the training of youth in the evil “Youth should not be a problem in the development of a country, but rather an asset or a springboard for development,” he added, before recalling that the Burundian government is going to do its best in orienting youth on the way giving it an easy life. However, he provided pieces of advice including, among other things, respect for parents, diligence at work, entrepreneurship, work in association, and the exchange of useful information.

As for the educators, Mr. Nkurunziza asked them to look after the youth and to design teaching programs adapted to the current situations. To leaders of political parties and religious leaders, he recommended putting youth at the center of their concerns. The Head of State also urged the youth to take the lead in the participation in the constitutional referendum scheduled for next May.

Note that parliamentarians, members of the government, executives at the Presidency of the Republic, provincial governors and communal administrators, as well as 450 young leaders from all provinces of the country, took part in the opening ceremonies of the forum.

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