Celebrating Youth Day in Zambia

Two weeks ago (12th March) Zambia celebrated youth day under the theme:”Zambia at 50-Promoting Youth Mainstreaming for Sustainable National Development”. As part of the activities to celebrate this day, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held an open day at parliament buildings Monday 11th March.

The open day brought together pupils from all the ten provinces of Zambia who exhibited various innovations in the areas of science, arts and engineering. The event was also punctuated by exhibitions from a handful of youth related organizations. Institutions that took part in the event were the Kalusha Bwalya Foundation, Youth Vision, Youth Alive Zambia and Lota House among others.

I was there too and I met some really interesting people.

Isaac C. Mwiya with Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, MP

Isaac C. Mwiya with Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, MP

The open day was an opportunity for youths to meet the policy makers.

Mag44,Isaac C. Mwiya and Pompi

Mag44,Isaac C. Mwiya and Pompi

Gospel musicians Pompi and Mag44 were some of the youths who took part in the activities of the open day.

Innocent Kasoma with his award-winning piece of art

Innocent Kasoma with his award-winning piece of art

Deserving exhibits were awarded. This painting was awarded best exhibit in the arts category.

A Woman Entrepreneur-Innocent Kasoma's award-winning piece of art

A Woman Entrepreneur-Innocent Kasoma’s award-winning piece of art

This painting celebrates the industry and hard work of Zambian women. It’s amazing what mothers go through in order to bring us to a place where we can begin to fend for ourselves. Personally, I stayed home until I was 21. Yes, 21!

Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba

Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba

Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba worked on extracting juice, syrup and sugar from beet root for medicinal and domestic purposes. Beet root offers all sorts of health benefits. This project needs some looking into.

Beet root juice

Beet root juice

Simple Earth Tremor Detector

Simple Earth Tremor Detector

Mable Nyirongo (16) together with her friend Chupa Kosamu (17) designed this simple Earth Tremor Detector. It is designed to detect even the slightest of tremors in the earth crust. The earth tremor is meant to be in constant motion thereby drawing an even line on the graph paper. When there is a tremor the line drawn on the graph paper becomes uneven forming troughs and crests.

Mable Nyirongo with her innovation

Mable Nyirongo with her innovation

Her friend Chupa could not make it to the open day.

What caught my interest with this innovation was that it was done by two young ladies. For a long time science and engineering has been dominated by the male folk.

Mable wants to be either a medical doctor or an engineer. She draws her inspiration from US based neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and Zambia’s first lady and consultant obstetrician & gynecologist Dr. Christine Kaseba – Sata. Her friend Chupa also wants to be a medical doctor.

Well, if what I saw and heard is anything to go by these two girls have a great future ahead of them. For now, I can only wish them all the best.

Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale

Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale with their innovation-The Chaff Blower

Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale designed this Chaff Blower. It’s meant to separate the chaff from cereals such as maize, wheat and millet.

I had a great day and I think everyone who was there did. The key thing to remember is that we each have a duty to raise a new generation of leaders who are inspired, motivated, emancipated (from mental slavery) and above all else leaders who uphold integrity and service before self.

“A society that cuts itself from its youth severs its lifeline, but a society that engages their interests, enlists their talents and liberates their energies brings hope to the entire world” Kofi Anan

About Isaac C. Mwiya

Isaac C. Mwiya is an author, motivational speaker and trainer. He believes that each and every person was put on this earth for a purpose. His goal is to help both the old and the young to find their purpose in life and express it fully everyday. He wishes for every person to realize their true potential and become all that they were meant to. To bring Isaac to your next event call +260 978 638 389. You can also connect with him on and follow him on Twitter

Posted on March 26, 2014, in Motivational and Inspirational and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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