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Students say they are outraged at the Youth Ministry in solving their problems

The Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) expresses outrage at the alleged "inertia" of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in solving the problems of youth, especially unemployment, aggravated by covid-19, admitting other actions to "demand answers" from the body.

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In a letter sent to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ana Paula do Sacramento, to which Lusa had access this Thursday, the students say they are watching with some concern the increase in unemployment as a result of redundancies in small and medium-sized enterprises.

According to the MEA, the lack of employment within the youth "opens spaces for anti-social practices in families and the situation continues to delay the dream of many young people who neither study nor work".

"To our amazement and different from other countries where the ministries of guardianship have been advocating to related bodies for the protection of youth, in our country this is a chimera", reads the letter.

For the students, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which should find methods and solutions to mitigate the difficulties of young people, "says nothing and does nothing".

In the letter, addressed to the minister in charge of the sector and signed by its president, Francisco Teixeira, the MEA considers that "it is necessary to make the budget available to the Angolan youth, and not to a small group handpicked, as it has been".

The ministry's policies to "help the holder of executive power," President João Lourenço, in reducing unemployment in the country and actions to "stop mass redundancies" are also questioned in the letter.

According to the Angolan Student Movement, most of the private school teachers are young, have been without salaries for four months and are asking the Government for solutions.

In the document, dated 29 June, the MEA asks for answers "within a fortnight", after which they threaten to develop "other actions to demand clear answers from the ministry" to their concerns.