It is with great pleasure and a profound sense of optimism that I address this inaugural meeting of SADC Youth Parliament Mentors as the Chief Mentor of the SADC Youth Parliament. On behalf of the Youth Parliament and indeed on my own behalf, I extend a warm welcome to each and every Mentor to this very important session.
Today marks a significant milestone in our collective pursuit of empowering the youth of the region under the auspices SAYoF, specifically through the SADC Youth Parliament. This meeting stands as a clear demonstration of our collective commitment to the shared vision to cultivate and nurture the next generation of leaders who will shape the future of our region.
It is incontrovertible that the SADC Youth Parliament represents an incredible platform that bridges the gap between potential and opportunity for the young leaders in the SADC region. It is a strategic vehicle to through which we can empower young individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge, and support to become catalysts for positive change in their respective communities.
As Mentors, we have been bestowed with a great responsibility. We have been entrusted with the task of guiding, inspiring, and empowering the young minds who will be future Presidents and leaders in various sectors of the economies of our countries. Our role goes beyond imparting knowledge; it is about fostering a culture of leadership, integrity, and inclusivity.
Together, we will help young people navigate the intricacies of parliamentary procedures, engage in constructive debates, and champion the causes that resonate with their peers and the whole of society. We will encourage them to think critically, to question the status quo, and to propose innovative solutions to the challenges that our region faces.