Africa Youth Day Celebrations
As the late former president Nelson Mandela once said, the youth, as the future of our country, have an important part to play in shaping our new democratic constitution.
In line with perhaps the sentiments expressed by South Africa’s first-ever democratic president, who himself was a formidable leader in his youth, Africa Youth Day is celebrated on 1 November every year. This is a day dedicated to the youth from all corners of the continent of Africa.
The purpose of this annual commemoration is to promote an increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change and economic growth in all aspects of the African society.
It is an undeniable truth that the youth are the essence and underlying foundation of society. Therefore, there is a great need to increase awareness, commitment and investment in the youth. There is a need to promote the significance of the role of the youth in shaping society.
As part of commemorating Africa Youth Day, African Monitor (AM) in collaboration with Voice Africa’s Future hosted events in different parts of Africa – including Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.
These events were a great success as a lot of young people came together to commemorate this day across the various countries on the continent.
In Ghana, at Central University Accra, the activities of the day included debates where the youth sat together to discuss the issues of, among others, youth unemployment and Agenda 2030 implementation. In the debating panel sat representatives from National Development Planning Commission and International Funds for Agriculture and Development and our very own Voice Africa’s Future Youth Champion.
The lively discussion constructive dialogues served as tangible evidence that the youth are eager and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.
The event in Uganda was largely covered by various media, including the Uganda national TV and radio station, where participants were interviewed.
Burkina Faso celebrates their event today – Friday, 4 November 2016 at Marien Ngouabi School, with Adama Kanazoé as the guest of honour. It promises to be a fruitful day as the youth come together to discuss the issues that are affecting the youth of today.
African Monitor’s strong belief is that the youth are seeds which need to be watered in order for them to flourish and blossom, most beautifully and uniquely. We believe in the enhancement and grooming of these young ones’ potential in order to unleash greatness in them. We continue to energetically and enthusiastically push forward relentlessly in the pursuit of greatness out of the young people of our continent.