Africa’s Youth Movement

July 19, 2012

The Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog has a post on the demographic shift in Africa, where the median age is now 18 and there are 70 million more Africans under age 14 than a decade ago. As Linah Mohohlo writes, this youth movement presents incredible opportunities – and challenges.

The Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog has a post on the demographic shift in Africa, where the median age is now 18 and there are 70 million more Africans under age 14 than a decade ago. As Linah Mohohlo writes, this youth movement presents incredible opportunities – and challenges:

If we can get this right and harness the incredible creativity, energy and innovation in our young people, we can reap a fantastic demographic dividend. But it is not guaranteed.

The risk is that this shift could become a demographic disaster marked by rising levels of youth unemployment, social dislocation and hunger. The future depends on whether we can equip the current generation of young Africans with the education and skills they need to realise their potential – and create the jobs for them so they are able to unleash that potential.

TechnoServe agrees that young Africans need both economic opportunities and the knowledge to capitalize on them. That’s why we’re focusing on young people through programs such as Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE), a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to develop life, entrepreneurship and career skills in 15,000 rural young women and men in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. With the right support, Africa’s youth movement can be an engine of economic growth.

 

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