Aug 21 2014
The youth in Africa – according to the African Development Bank – constitute a large majority of the continent’s demography where over 40% are under the age of 15 and 20% are between the ages of 15 and 24 (the definition of youth). This may look as something alarming due to the increase in population without a subsequent and equivalent increase in employment, and we at DotConnectAfrica are celebrating International Youth Day to celebrate the Youth of Africa and at the same time empowering them to be more innovative, more vocal and more proactive in the activities they engage in.
This is in line with the African leaders meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2009 to try to defuse the youth unemployment time bomb, where they declared 2009–18 the “African Youth Decade” and resolved to mobilize resources, including those from the private sector for youth development. We would like to celebrate the landmarks of the “African Youth Decade” in African countries through this day. foWe have many youth around Africa who are doing significant things to change the lives such as the Bongo Hive from Zambia (an innovation hub).
Others include Kenya’s Ushahidi (whose mission is to change the way information flows in the world and empower people to make an impact with open source technologies, cross-sector partnerships, and ground-breaking ventures) among more initiatives’ across Africa championed by the youth. We would like to positively highlight more youths across Africa as part of the Youth Day.
The initiative “Generation.Africa” is a young multifaceted group of individuals from Africa and the diaspora who believe in what DotConnectAfrica is doing in giving Africa a digital identity on the web and moving the continent forward with a focus on the youth. Generation.Africa initiative is geared at increasing the population of Africans who are on the net and who use it effectively and optimally use the internet on a daily basis. This is to encourage the youth to be involved in discussions that define and increase their common stake-holding in the development and evolution of the Internet and how the developments affect their daily lives through the benefits the internet provides.
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” – Mary McLeod Bethune