Africa's hope lies in its youth

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Nov 12 2012, 11:47:31

Archbishop uses Mo Ibrahim award speech to inspire young people as forum in Dakar debates looming employment crisis

"Young people really are dreamers. They dream of a better kind of world," archbishop Desmond Tutu said this weekend as he was presented with a one-off special award from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation during its annual governance weekend in Dakar, which this year focused on Africa's massive population of young people.

In his acceptance speech, Tutu addressed young people in the audience and around the world, saying: "[Young people] were at the forefront of the Arab Spring. Don't be affected by the cynicism of 'oldies' like us. Go ahead and dream of a different kind of world. How can we continue to spend billions on instruments of death and destruction when a small part of that could ensure children everywhere have clean water? You young people are our hope."

Africa is the only continent with a significantly growing youth population. In less than three years, 41% of the world's youth will be African and yet almost half the world's out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Counter-intuitively, youth unemployment increases with education level in Africa as some graduates struggle to find work that matches their qualifications.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Uganda:   President Chissano Pays Courtesy Call On President Museveni (press release)
Uganda Media Centre
24 November 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has today received and held talks with former Mozambique President, Mr. Joachim Chisano. [read more]

Nigeria:   The Leadership You Deserve, Chissano Tells Nigerians (news)
Vanguard
24 November 2014

At the 4th MBA International Literary Colloquium held in Minna, Niger State, last week, chairman of the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government, and winner of the 2007 Mo Ibrahim African ... [read more]

Mozambique:   Bachir Kidnappers Make Contact (news)
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
21 November 2014

The gang who kidnapped one of Mozambique's richest men, Momade Bachir Sulemane, on 12 November made their first contact with Bachir's family on Tuesday, according to a source close to the ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!