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Being a Youth in Africa: Oppurtunity or Liability

August 12 @ 4:00 pm

According to wikipedia, youth (15-24 years, according to United Nations) in Africa constituted 19% of the global youth population in 2015; numbering 226 million. Africa’s population as a whole is very young. With 60% of the entire continent aged below 25, making it the youngest continent in the world.

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The experience of being young can vary substantially across the Africa; between countries and regions, and ‘youth’ is therefore often a fluid and changing category. Youths are encouraged to engage in their communities; through the scaling up of youth-led approaches, and in the policy agenda through the integration of youth concerns and issues. To this end, UNESCO also encourages Youth Spaces. These are aimed at empowering young people, fostering and supporting their action. Thus, promoting partnerships and ensuring their recognition and visibility.

Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. Some countries are struggling currently to educate and employ their young people, while also anticipating substantial growth in the number of youth.

The youth of a continent is too precious an asset to waste. How is Africa, particularly Nigeria harnessing or squandering these highly priceless, but transient human resources? Is Africa dealing with a case of ‘arrested development’ if it can’t take advantage of its globally acknowledged advantage, it’s youth?

How do we go from here?

To mark the International Youth Day on Wednesday, 12th August 2020 at 4.00PM(WAT), we bring meaningful, helpful and inspirational conversation from; unusually informed minds, passionate about Africa and have worked with the African youths in diverse capacities.

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Join us LIVE on Taiwo AKINLAMI YouTube channel.

Register here bit.ly/IYDBROADCAST for priceless post webinar benefits.

Do have an INSPIRED week.

Read also: [Youth and Mental Health]


August 12
4:00 pm


S.A.F.E for Children Society