By David Pitya Jada

Youth are a great human capital endowment for a nation. They are the most dynamic and energetic section of society, a great asset for nation-building. However, they may become more of a liability than an asset if they are not engaged in a constructive manner, especially if they are idle, unemployed, and/or indoctrinated with unconstructive ideas can be annihilative and hence deprive a country of its human capital.

Of South Sudan’s estimated population of 8.6 million people, more than half of it (72%) is below the age of thirty (South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics 2008), which means that South Sudan’s population is youthful.
Unfortunately, the 2008 census further documents outline that 51% of the country’s population lives below poverty lined and that only 27% of the adult population is literate. These Statistics indicated a low level of human development in the country.

The question is, what should be done?

In order for young people to effectively contribute to the constructive transformation of societies and nation-building;

1- There is need to educate them and to inculcate in them the right knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours that are worthwhile for the growth and development of a diverse, multicultural community in South Sudan.

2- Equip them with transformational leadership skills and right attitudes and behaviours that are worthwhile for building a peaceful- prosperous nation where citizens are responsible stewards, law-abiding, peacefully co-exist and strive for a sustainable high-quality life.

The writer is a student of Political Science and Public Administration at Upper Nile University and Country Coordinator of Global Youth Parliament

He can be reached via email: or +211926611009

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