Former President Thabo Mbeki says students have a critical role to play in enabling Africa to determine its own destiny and also to do their utmost to change the continent for the better.
The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.
The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), which gets R350 million a year to create opportunities for young people, has threatened to make South Africa ‘ungovernable’ next month because of high youth unemployment.
The Ashanti Regional Director of the National Youth Council (NYC), Opoku Fofie Apraku, has called on African leaders to pay more attention to youth development programmes.
Fofie argues that it is important the right environment is created to allow the youth to pursue academic careers and acquire skills to lead decent and responsible lives.
The United Nations International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) says that developing countries should invest in rural youth in order to eradicate poverty in those communities and to ensure global food security.
Head of IFAD, Kanayo F. Nwanze, is of the view that supporting young women and men is critical to building vibrant rural economies, which in turn is key to overcoming larger challenges such as reducing hunger and poverty, mitigating climate change, achieving energy security and protecting the environment.
Rhodes University vice-chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, says that South Africa’s education system is failing the country’s youth.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the Eastern Cape Student Sponsorship Programme at Selborne College in East London, Dr Badat, called the state of education in the country a ‘tragedy’.
As the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State will be meeting in Windhoek, Namibia next month, the ordinary peoples of Southern Africa will also converge at the Catholic Cathedral Hall in Windhoek from 15-16 August 2010 under the auspices of the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN).