International Youth Day: Youth Should be the Fulcrum to the Development Aspirations of Africa

According to the 2016 Youth Development Index, there are 1.8billion people below 30 years. This puts those in that age Cohort at 46% of the world’s population. Today, I celebrate the works of gallant young people across the world who are contributing to making their communities and countries a better place for all.

UNESCO reports that by 2030 ,many young people will graduate from school without skill set they will need to acquire jobs. Over the years, Africa’s education has provided people with theoretical education which neglects skills acquisition and training. In this era of job competition, our education curricula should move from the talk and paper methods and focus on developing transformational minds who will innovate and solve the numerous challenges in the world.

To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, resources must be pulled together to fund skills development training, entrepreneurship education and the raising of ethical leaders. The education curricula in Africa doesn’t match with global change and if care is not taken,frictional unemployment will rapture the young people in our continent. Over the years, it has been said that, the youth are the leaders of tomorrow. As a youth leader, I don’t agree with that assertion.

Youth are the leaders of today and the future. Their direct participation in governance and decision making process will make our continent great. There are many young people across Africa who have lost hope in the politics due to the level of harm Our leaders have caused this generation. Moving forward, young people should be the fulcrum to the development aspirations of Africa. We must be given the chance to become part of active governance. The youth are not too young to get involved and run, so the old people should also understand that, they are not too old to learn from the ambitious youth. Leaders should move from the paper and talk method and focus on job creation ,give enabling environment for entrepreneurs and start-ups to contribute to the development aspirations of Africa. As young people, we should also know our roles and responsibilities and use the skills and knowledge we have to solve societal problems.

We should avoid politicising everything and speak up on issues of national and regional importance . We should not sit down, quack and complain about everything. Let’s learn to be tolerant, selfless, peaceful and problem solvers.

Long live the Youth!

About the Author

Kenneth Gyamerah is an Education Advocate and Youth Activist from Ghana.He is an Associate Fellow of The Royal Commonwealth Society ,YALI West Africa Fellow, Ghana CELBMD Africa Country Ambassador & a writer.

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