Date: Monday, 23 August 2021
By: Berhane Woldu
Venturing out to different parts of the country one can see the different development projects and be impressed with what have been achieved and understand what the future prospect of the country is.
Eritrea’s political, social values and norms are all in sink. Political stability, perpetual peace, low corruption, common interest, shared value, militarily strong and national unity are its reasonable advantages. As it is the norm of the strong-willed people and the leadership Eritrea today has overcome many foreign driven challenges and is in a much better position than most of its counterparts. Thanks to the Youth of Eritrea.
Eritrea as a nation has completed the first phase of its economic development program and has now leaped forward to the second phase: to attain Social housing, cheaper food prices and prosperous life for the population with a bright future for the youth. To stand as a middle income country. The next twenty-five years are as bright as the rising sun for Eritrea; endowed with ample political, human capital and strong-willed youth.
High national unity and love of country has become the main source of political strength that Eritrea possess. Time and again the Eritrean people were able to defeat their enemy and evil and dissipated wishers due to their political determination and resolve. Eritrea is the most peaceful country in the East African region due to its eternal peace and unity. This endless, eternal peace is the prerequisite for all types of development. Eritrea also possess strong government that is free of corruption, has the trust of the population with high social capital and one that promotes Social justice and equal distribution of development in all six regions of the country. A Development that is based on the Golden Principle of Political and Economic independence and self-reliant free from external support and dependency. The Eritrea people due to their unity with a motto of “One Hurt One People” respect, spirit, equanimity, consciousness, force and tranquility has strong political culture. These strong, united cultures with clean, participative and just political system is the capital for the next stage of development.
Any nation, its greatest asset for development and continues existence is its human capital. Eritrea has accomplished many great things in its human development goal. Knowing full well that skilled and healthy population is key to economic development the government has worked hard in distribution of education and health services to every corner of the country. Through education, social mobilization has increased and mortality rate has decreased life expectancy has reached 68. (One could refer to the WHO and UN reports as to the accomplishments of Eritrea). Eritrean higher education institutions are producing high skilled nationals. Colleges have graduated hundreds of thousands of young adults with different fields of study with degrees and sending many more overseas for further education. These graduates have acquired skills that are vital for the development of the country. These skilled, educated young adults are becoming the agent of change in the rapid social, economic and political development of the country.
The Eritrean people are not building a few high rise apartments, internet infrastructure and shopping malls for the very few rich people to enjoy life. That is not what Eritreans call economic development. Many African countries, while millions of their citizens are deprived of health care, education and clean water have prioritized modernization with no eternal peace, unity, shared values and much civil disorder and war. Eritrea is a stable and peaceful country that has strong national unity built on shared sacrifice and as such all its citizens benefit equally. The Eritrean people and its leadership are humble, honest, and down to earth and not sick with self-gratification with their accomplishment.
Every stage of development has its challenges like in the past years Eritrea will face challenges. As we progress to the next stage of development stage the challenges will be there; we just have to overcome these challenges and move on to better things. The challenges are understood. The social capital that we acquire as Eritreans such as eternal peace, tranquility, political strength, human capital, Social development, self-confidence and economic wealth is seen by others as a threat and would try to erode and disintegrate our hard earned political and human capital. Understanding these challenges Eritrean youth has the responsibility as their forefathers and mothers to strengthen their eternal unity and overcome these challenges. Our strength radiates from our political faith and belief in shared values of social wellbeing rather than individual interest. Our belief and prioritizing common interest should be our main focus as individualism is the greatest threat to our unity. Hence the youth needs to be politically aware. In order to navigate our economic development, we as a nation have to be strong militarily. “If you desire peace be ready for war” youth that is well trained militarily is necessary for peaceful economic development. To ascertain our vision, mission and goal of peaceful, developed nation and to overcome outside force challenges we as a nation have to stay alert and ready. The youth have to enhance their political strength and determination bond as one; as well as augment and boost their ability to defend and develop our nation.
In-order to conserve its national wealth, live in peace, with its culture and value the nation has to have strength, potency and capability. Political, economic, cultural, military strength, quality and endowment that Eritrea has needs to be amplified to a higher level and that is the responsibility, duty and obligation of the youth. The youth of yesteryears took the responsibility of independence; today’s youth has to take the responsibility of transforming the country into an advanced stronger nation. With dazzling, marvelous and superb economic development transforming the country into one of the advanced countries of the African continent.