Namibia: Student urges youth to contribute to development


Mental independence is the basis of independent thinking, independent decision-making, and leads to independent actions and behaviour, says youth activist and a student at the University of Namibia (Unam) Alexis Wimmerth.

In an interview Wimmerth spoke about mental independence, highlighting the role it plays in achieving economic independence and eventually political independence. “Twenty-nine years of independence, as a Namibian country and a nation that is how far we have come. We are proud of our nation and proud of our achievements thus far on all different levels. The way we are using our time and on what we are focusing our minds will determine the future of this country,” says Wimmerth. She says Namibian students and youths have to invest in all things that will advance the country towards prosperity. “This is regardless of our political affiliations – the focus right now is bigger. It is on the Namibian nation. It is bigger than our ethnicity and our tribes, it is bigger than our upbringing and our culture, and it is about the development of this country.”

Wimmerth adds that for young people to be independent thinkers, they need a high level of self-sufficiency, meaning that they have to regulate their actions and own thoughts. “We have to think for ourselves and no one can claim on how we have to think, what we have to think and how we have to do it. It’s important to try to question why we think about certain things and act in certain ways,” she explains.

She also said that behavioral independence is based on mental independence, because it’s only after one can think independently that one can make independent choices in life. “We need to guide our values and our actions, and accept that we might make mistakes. If we are intellectually independent we will contribute to the social economic development of this country. Independence of thought can lead to incredible discoveries and innovations; such innovations can not only help us and our sense of self-confidence, but can also further the state of our Namibian nation.”

According to her, mental independence is the place of continuous recreation and innovation so, when youth have an idea, they should not sit on that idea. “We need to use it towards the development of this independent Namibia for us to reach economic development. Volunteer to bring a change at an old age home, volunteer to help out at a health centre, visit an orphanage and see the day-to-day activities, every small contribution will add towards a better developed Namibia,” she advises the

Source NEL

Kenya: Big 4 Agenda presents great opportunities for youth, says President Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday told the youth they stand to benefit from the many employment, job creation and economic empowerment opportunities presented by the Big 4 Agenda projects.

He told Kenyan youth that the transformative development blueprint presents a strong enabling platform to enable them to secure a bright future and maximize their potential.

“The Big Four Agenda provides young persons with multiple avenues for self-fulfillment, economic empowerment, dignified living and service to Kenya,” said the President when he addressed hundreds of youth at State House, Nairobi, during celebrations to honour the 2019 awardees of the President’s Award Kenya

A total of 1601 students drawn from various institutions across the country received their Gold Awards under the President’s Award Kenya Programme whose role is to nurture key values of teamwork, resilience, hard work, determination, leadership, perseverance, community service, discipline, self-reliance and pragmatic thoughts for tangible solutions.

The winners were drawn from national institutions which included academies, secondary schools and universities (both private and public), Borstal institutions, technical institutes and the National Youth Service.

The President said the Big-4 agenda programmes are structured to support the development of education, infrastructure, Information Communication Technology, the arts, culture and sports among other sectors, all aimed at benefiting the youth.

“It is the most exciting and rewarding time to be a young person in our nation’s history,” the President told the over 2000 youths.

He added: “You are fortunate to be living in an exciting time, full of opportunities that previous generations could not even have dreamed of.”

The President challenged young people to avoid falling for the lures of modern life by wasting their youth and vigour in pursuits and actions that add no value to their lives.

“Use your time, energy and effort well; take advantage of the facilitative measures that the government has put in place, be dedicated and diligent, and you will prosper beyond your wildest dreams,” he said

President Kenya enumerated other opportunities that the government has recently tapped into and which are highly beneficial for the youth.

“The digital era and my government’s commitment to fostering the innovations and creativity of young Kenyans is bound to open up new frontiers for you and your peers,” he told the youth.

The President said the decisive action to reinvigorate the education system through a new curriculum, government focus on digital learning and the development of ICT infrastructure and equipment, the ongoing connection of all public schools to the electricity grid and the seamless 100 percent transition for all learners to secondary school marks a new era for Kenya’s youth.

“These interventions are intended to ensure that our young persons are provided with the positive and enabling environment to excel inside and outside the classroom, to acquire the skills and know-how to navigate the modern world, to be self-reliant and innovative and to have a holistic learning experience,” he said.

The President urged the awardees to be the country’s brand ambassadors for courtesy, civic responsibility, community service and action, integrity, hard work and excellence.

Other speakers at the ceremony included sports CS Ambassador Amina Mohammed and the President’s Award Kenya Executive Director Nellie Munala.

Source KBC

Ghana: Youth Want SDGs Taught In JHS, SHS

By Modern Ghana

The convener for Youth Coalition for promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in Northern Ghana, Mr. Gaeten Agbaam has called on government to initiate steps aimed at mainstreaming the SDGs into the curriculum of basic and senior high schools.

This according to Mr. Agbaam will enable young people to become exposed to the SDGs at a very early stage in life and therefore be more willing to take action for the realization of the global goals.

Speaking to both students and teachers of the Tamale Senior High School in Tamale at the commencement of his maiden SDG Tour to Senior High Schools in Ghana, Mr. Agbaam explained that the adoption of sustainable development goals represents a strong commitment by both national governments and the international community at ensuring a better world for all humanity.

He, therefore, opined that as part of measures to operationalize this commitment the government of Ghana should consider mainstreaming teaching of the SDGs into the national curriculum for basic and senior high schools so as to enhance broad base education on these goals amongst the youth of the country who inevitably represent its future.

Mr. Agbaam also called on the student themselves to develop an interest in extra curricular activities that contribute to enhancing environmental sustainability since the effect of climate change and vulnerability are fast becoming so real and well seen in the three northern regions of Ghana.

Mr. Gaeten Agbaam also used the occasion to announce the coalitions maiden SDG conference for Northern Ghana which is scheduled to take place in Tamale on the 20th April 2019.

He explained that the conference was aimed at raising awareness and educating the youth about the Sustainable Development Goals and the need to strive towards achieving them.

He, therefore, called on all students and young people between the ages of 18-30 years to register for the conference since it represents the very first of its kind in the region.

Mr. Agbaam also applauded the Headmistress and staff of the Tamale Senior High school for buying into the SDG agenda and for giving him the chance to talk to the student body.

Other members of the coalition who were also present at the tour included Mr. David Baako Larweh, Miss. Sandra Tom Dery, Mr.Hyginus Laari and Mr. Fuseini Farouk Lamin.

The next phase of the SDG tour is expected to take place in the Bono region.

Source Modern Ghana

Education quality and the youth skills gap are marring progress in Africa

By David E Kiwuwa

Education has a great bearing on sustainable economic opportunities because skilled workers feed the market.

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures and monitors Africa’s governance performance. It produces an impartial picture of governance performance in every country on the continent. David E Kiwuwa, associate professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham, asked Mandipa Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean academic, researcher and 2017/18 Ibrahim Scholar to unpack some of the findings from the 2018 report.

Where do you see progress in Africa in terms of good governance and leadership over the past decade?

The Index defines governance as the provision of the political, social and economic goods and services that every citizen has the right to expect from their government. Governments have a responsibility to deliver these services to their citizens.

The 2018 Index shows that countries that have done well in overall governance have also seen improvements in transparency and accountability. These improvements fall under the broad category of “safety and rule of law”. Here, the continent is in a better position than it was five years ago. For this trend to continue national security needs to be reinforced.

The health measure has improved in 47 countries over the past ten years. Countries like Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso have taken great strides. This is thanks to improvements in several areas like the provision of antiretroviral treatment, a drop in child mortality and better management of communicable diseases. Maternal mortality rates have also stabilised and immunisation has become more common.

Inspite of this progress, Africans are not satisfied with their governments’ handling of basic health services.

Where is progress slowest?

Gender is one area of concern. The 2018 report notes that gender representation in leadership had the largest improvement over the last five years. However, the empowerment of women in general registered the biggest slowdown. Gender representation therefore, must not be conflated with gender empowerment.

The data also shows that policies and representation do not always translate into action. South Africa, for example, continues to face high rates of femicide and patriarchal ideals within its judicial structures. This is despite its liberal constitution.

While the country shows great improvements under “women’s political participation” and “representation of women in the judiciary” there is a decline in “women’s political empowerment”. Women are well represented in the country’s cabinet, for instance, but there’s been a marked deterioration in how empowered ordinary women feel to participate in politics.

Such disconnects are concerning.

However, countries like Rwanda must be commended for their deliberate inclusion of women in places of influence. Interventions like these are still too rare on the continent.

Also worrying is the lack of progress under “sustainable economic opportunity”, the worst performing measure. Almost half of the continent’s citizens (43.2%) live in a country that’s seen a decline of sustainable economic opportunities in the last 10 years.

Why have African governments struggled to translate economic growth into improved sustainable economic opportunities for their citizens?

Trends indicate that transparency and accountability are vital for sustainable economic opportunity in the long term. Greater accountability and transparency is needed on national expenditure, for example. Protectionist systems that allow for the abuse of power and inhibit the levelling out of socio-economic disparities must be exposed. Only then can these systems be reformed to open up more opportunities for all.

Increasing access to sustainable economic opportunities improves human development. This in turn allows for innovation in health, technology and other spaces that increase the overall functionality of good governance.

What role can education play in improving governance?

The gaps in African governance are twofold: socio-economic inclusion and education. It is important to focus on both areas to bring about overall improvement. Although improvements have been recorded in the sub-category of “participation” in the last 10 years, student and youth resistance movements belie the progress.

The rise of populist movements coupled with the lack of voter registration within the youth dividend must not be misconstrued as political apathy.

In South Africa for example – where the 2018 index was launched – there is a critical skills gap that has not been adequately addressed. The quality of education in South Africa is worrying.

Also in South Africa, as well as the rest of the continent, youth enrolment in schools is improving. But “education quality”, “satisfaction with education provision”, and “alignment of education with market needs” are persistent causes for concern.

Education has a great bearing on sustainable economic opportunities because skilled workers feed the market. Africa is currently experiencing a skills gap deficit. With 27 countries registering deteriorating education scores in the last five years there is a further decline to already fragile sustainable economic opportunities.

Source The Conversation

Nigeria: Youth organisation begins distribution of free JAMB forms in Kano

By Nnenna Ibeh

Some lucky applicants would be receiving free forms for JAMB registration in Kano state

The forms would be distributed by a youth organisation, Kano Youth Organisation in Abuja (KAYOAB)

The organisation said the free forms would be distributed at 10 centers across three different senatorial zones in Kano state

A youth organisation has announced that it will begin the distribution of free JAMB forms for less privilege students in Kano state.

The organisation, Kano Youth Organisation in Abuja (KAYOAB) said the distribution of pre-screening forms will begin on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 10 centers across three different senatorial zones.

The spokesperson of of the organisation, Alhassan A. Bala, said the three centres in the senatorial zones are: Government Secondary School, Rano; Government Secondary Commercial School, Wudil, and Government College Tudunwada Dankadai, while Kano north has, ICT Centre, along FCE (T) road, Bichi; Islamic Centre, Gwarzo and Islamic Centre, Danbatta.

Also, Kano central has four centres thus; Day Science Secondary School, Government Secondary School, Rijiyar Zaki, Aminu Kano Commercial Secondary School and Islamic Centre Kura.

He also noted that the president of the organisation, Balarabe Abdullahi, assured that students with nine credits can apply for the forms.

According to the organisation, the applicants would undergo a screening exercise, where the most qualified students would be contacted and also be taken for training.

He further added that the organization will ensure that all candidates that score the university cut-off marks would get admission into any university of their choice.

“Apart from the free JAMB forms, we are also making plan to support them with at least some amount of money for registration since they came from the less privilege family,” Bala said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that JAMB said it was set to commence the publication of a bulletin of its financial activities to the public for the purpose of transparency.

The head, media and information of the board, Fabian Benjamin, said that the bulletin, which will be known as “Jambulletin”, would be published every Monday and would not be for sale.


Nigeria: How ASUU’s strike is killing youth future

By Hassan Zainab

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has taken it upon itself to embark on industrial strike actions any time they feel like sometimes without even following the union strike laws. Their strike actions are usually as a result of the federal government not responding to all their demands at the time they ask for it. We have realized that this body embarks on industrial strike annually.

ASUU strike started in 1999 during the time of the former president Olusegun Obasanjo, and it lasted five months before it was called off. In 2001, they embarked on another strike action that lasted three months. They also embarked on strike in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017 and the latest which is still ongoing (since 4th November, 2018 till date).We have come to realise that it has become a yearly basic affair for them.

They have made a lot of demands over the years and for which some have still not been given serious attention to, which is why they have resolved to constantly go on strike until the federal government shows more serious devotion to them and at least attend to their demands, even if not all at once. These demands include; 1. Funding for revitalization of the Nigerian universities- implementation of needs assessment report. 2. Poor funding of state universities. 3. Non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO- Nigerian Union Pension Management Committee. 4. Payment of fractions and non-payment of salaries. 5. Non-payment of Earned allowances. 6. Amendment of the pension retirement age of Academics on the Professional cadre from 65 to 70 years. 7. Reinstatement of prematurely dissolved governing council. 8. Removal of university staff schools from funding by the government. 9. Non implementation of the 2014 pension reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.

It is disheartening that federal government does not give serious recognition to the educational sector of Nigeria, which to me is because most of their children study abroad and as such they feel they have little or no business at all with the consistent action of this body. This is wrong, because every Nigerian youth depends on these governments to change the educational sector to a better one so as to enable the smooth sailing of education in this country.

We are in a country where governments prioritize other issues more than the education, which is also supposed to be among their first priorities. Other countries place education with high standards because they are aware of its importance to the citizens. But in Nigeria, the reverse is the case as, they had rather use the money and idea of building a strong educational sector for campaign purposes or squandering on meaningless developmental projects. It is high time our governments realize that the annual striking of this body due to their failure to actualize their demands is jeopardizing the future of our youths as they are the ones directly affected by the actions from both parties.

A lot of Nigerian students who are supposed to be called graduates are still undergraduates because they have not convoked and their results have not been released due to the strike. Also, some of them are supposed to have moved to the next cadre but now they remain stuck in the same level. People end up spending five to six years on courses that are meant to last four years, which is as a result of the constant strike action. Parents are not left out in this issue, as they are also greatly affected in the sense that, some of them hustle seriously to get enough money to pay for their children’s up keep and they have already calculated the months or years remaining for their children to graduate.

But as strike commences, their calculation have been destroyed and they have already been put in distress due to too much thought on how and where to get more money to pay for an additional year. The students on the other hand, often get frustrated, some begin to lose interest in schooling, as for some ladies indulge in useless acts and end up pregnant and their lives becomes useless, while many give in to committing heinous crimes in the society like; armed robbery, kidnap or even street vandalism, which is all as a result of the strike not being called off in time.

Now my question is, for how long will ASUU continue embarking on industrial strike as a result of government’s failure to meet their recurrent demands? The bitter truth is, governments cannot always meet up the demands of ASUU because of other pressing issues in the country. But atleast, they should show more concern and priority to the academic sector in Nigeria rather than not being too remorseful over the issue, because it is part of their duty to cater to the needs of the people. If they had been meeting up their demands, then I believe the issue of ASUU continuously going on strike, would not have been as serious as it is today.

For the same body to have been embarking on industrial strike action for about 19 years now, then it shows their lack of interest and little commitment to the academic sector. If they are not so keen about developing the educational body, shouldn’t they atleast think of the parents who struggle to make their children better and as well, the youths whose future lies in the hands of government in terms of providing adequate and conducive learning and teaching atmosphere without obstruction for them through the continuous strike action of ASUU. I sincerely crave the indulgence of both parties to consider those who are directly affected by their stubborn decision so as to make the future a better one.

Zainab, is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), wrote from Zaria

Source Guardian Nigeria

Support SA youth to launch their tech careers

By Darryl Linington

In December 2018 at the CapaCiTi campus in Salt River, Cape Town, 340 young South Africans completed their technical training and received their certificates. They are now ready to be placed within tech internships in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

CapaCiTi, the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi)’s Tech Career Accelerator, has been preparing young people for the tech sector for 8 years. The organisation’s aim is to support both youth and business in the hubs of Johannesburg and Cape Town. Now, CapaCiTi is inviting SA businesses to interview these ambitious future tech professionals for an internship – to begin work as soon as possible.

With SA’s youth unemployment skyrocketing, CapaCiTi seeks to leverage growing opportunities in the tech sector by providing key technology skills. Indeed, CapaCiTi’s programmes are essentially accelerated career pathways for previously unemployed youth. Key to the initiative’s success, however, is the commitment by SA businesses to create internship opportunities for youth. Such opportunities are urgently required in order for young professionals to apply and grow their technical skills and confidence in the workplace. In turn, organisations are able to access temporary tech support for their teams and projects, which is particularly valuable at the start of a year.

“This year, CapaCiTi is proud to have equipped several hundred SA youth with the relevant training and coaching they need to accelerate their careers into the tech sector. We’re calling on South African businesses to support our future talent on the next six months of their journey, helping them to apply and build their skills and confidence and contribute to the digital economy. They’re ambitious, tenacious, and will add huge value to your teams as you kick off 2019. These young people are the future of South Africa’s tech sector, let’s all join together to help them start their journey towards a successful career that will be life-changing,” states Fiona Tabraham, Acting Head of Skills Development, CiTi.

Since 2010, CapaCiTi has partnered with close to 150 leading organisations to hire interns and graduates. Corporates such as Media24, BCX and Absa have been strong supporters of interns and grads from the Accelerator, as well as a growing list of SAAS businesses and digital agencies.

“Absa has had tremendous success with the talented young people from CapaCiTi’s programmes. Since 2016, we’ve taken on 55 talented interns, and 16 going on to full-time employment with Absa, which we are looking to scale up significantly with CapaCiTi over the next few years. Their aptitude, attitude and aspiration has blown us away! They are hard-working, passionate about technology and creative, with the maturity to negotiate the trickiness of working in teams, as well as rise to the challenge when we put them in leadership positions,” states Alwyn van Wyk, Head of Cape Town Dev Shop, Absa.

The Interns:

CapaCiTi had a large group of youth completing programmes in December 2018, who are ready to join business teams in January. These young people were all unemployed or under-employed when entering the programmes, and have now completed an intensive programme in a technical discipline relevant to skills in-demand in the tech sector. Importantly, they received coaching and skills training to prepare them for the 2019 workplace – critical and creative thinking, collaboration, presentation, etc.

These ambitious young people are now ready to apply and amplify their knowledge during a 6-month internship, to gain the experience they need to land a tech job.

What they’ve learnt:

CapaCiTi’s programmes run from 9 to 12 months and are designed for matrics and graduates looking to start a career in IT.

  • The interns available to start in January 2019 in Cape Town and Johannesburg have completed an intensive training programme in the following:
  • Software Engineering – Trained in Java, Python [CPT & JHB]
  • Full-Stack Development – Trained in Full Stack Mobile Dev, Net, JavaScript, PHP, Android [CPT]
  • Java Development – Trained in Java, JavaScript [CPT & JHB]
  • Software Development (postgrad) – Trained Post Graduates with Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP and MY SQL Databases [CPT]
  • CISCO Security –Trained and certified as a Cisco Network Security Associate [JHB]
  • ICT Infrastructure – Trained in IT Essentials, Routing and Switching, Linux Fundamentals, CCNA [CPT]

Company Hosts:

As a host, you will help cement the youth of South Africa’s futures in the business world.

Hosts will accommodate the trainees in their respective offices with access to a computer and involve them in work that allows them to grow their technical experience.

Hosts are required to pay a stipend to support their interns with transport and living costs.

Company Benefit:

Interns can support your teams with existing or new projects with data capture, database management, analysis, software testing, software development to administration, help-desk management. What’s important is that they are exposed to technical projects, team-work and ways of working that build their confidence and knowledge.

Join CiTi in supporting young South Africans to positively shape their future:

As a company partner to CiTi, allow these ambitious, motivated interns to contribute to your teams, and projects, where you need it most.

Help support South Africa’s youth to change their future by hiring talented tech interns for your team.

To register your company’s interest in interviewing CapaCiTi interns or grads, please visit or email Please indicate whether you are in Johannesburg or Cape Town, and the focus of your business.

Source It News Africa

Egypt provides 1900 scholarships to African students

By Egypt Today

In light of Egypt’s strategy to maintain bilateral relations with African countries, the Ministry of Education provided 1900 scholarships to African students worth $17 million annually and the number of African students enrolled in Egyptian universities reached 11,000.

Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar referred that Egypt has deepened its relations with African countries in 2018, especially in the educational field.

As part of the higher education cooperation, Egypt agreed with the African Development Bank to convene the third edition of the Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation, entitled “Building on Science, Technology and Innovation to Boost Private Sector and Socio-Economic Transformation in Africa” (Africa STI Forum) from February 10 to 12 in Cairo.

“This third edition of the Africa STI Forum emphasizes the importance of research to foster innovation and exploitable goods and services by focusing on the private sector in five areas: climate change, nutrition, water, ICT and pharmaceuticals , as they offer tangible opportunities for economic transformation in Africa,” according to African Development Bank Group.

The forum aims to achieve economic growth and enhance the competitiveness of the African private sector through the use of science, technology and innovation, urging the countries of the continent to invest more in research, higher education and science.

Abdel Ghaffar added that 35 African higher education and scientific research ministries, representatives from public and private sectors, scientists, researchers, innovators, youth and development partners will attend the forum.

He further remarked that meetings will be held with representatives of African embassies to discuss the obstacles facing students seeking to study in Egypt and tackle ways to increase the number African students participating in the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C10) Championing Education, Science and Technology in Africa, in Egypt.

The first Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C10) Championing Education, Science and Technology in Africa was held in Malawi in November.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Rashad, the coordinator of African Students Affairs at Cairo University, remarked that Egypt provided around 1,007 scholarships to African students in 2017, referring that the Higher Education Ministry doubled this number in 2018.
He commented that Egypt is willing to expand its scientific and research services for African students.

He added that Egypt will raise the number of scholarships for African students in the of Egypt’s plan to maintain bilateral relations with African countries.

“Around 4,000 students from Sudan, Niger, Sengal, and South Sudan are enrolled in Cairo University,” Rashad concluded.
Egypt’s eye on Africa

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited several African countries since taking office in June 2014, participating in summits and conducting bilateral talks with the majority of African leaders.

In June 2014, Sisi participated in the African Union Summit in the Equatorial Guinea as his first presidential visit within the continent, which was considered then a restoration of the African-Egyptian relations after years of neglect during Mubarak’s era.

Several short visits during 2015 followed the African Union Summit participation, including visits to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as per Yuri Museveni’s invitation in December 2016.

The Egyptian president encourages Egyptian investments in Africa in fields he deemed as “high priority” such as construction, infrastructure, oil and gas mining, agriculture, telecommunications and information technology.

President Sisi enhanced the Egyptian-African ties by paying visits to a number of African countries, organizing “Africa 2017” forum in Sharm El-Sheikh and hosting African youths during the World Youth Forum.

This article was first published on Egypt Today

Education Provides Children With Hope, Structure And Tangible Opportunities

By Editor

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research.

Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves.

Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.

A right to education has been recognized by some governments and the United Nations. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age.

Education provides children with hope, structure and tangible opportunities for a better future. Every child has the right to an education.

According to Sharmila Rawat, “Education is the gateway to success. Success can be achieved when people have knowledge, skills and attitude. All these things can be gained only with the help of education. I believe that education is the only way which shows us many ways to lead and utilize our life properly. No person in the world with education is neglected.

Education helps us to explore our own thoughts and ideas and makes it able to express it in different forms. So for me education is like a medium through which I can interact with different people and share our ideas. It is also the door to our destiny.” Sharmila said.

Studies have show children benefit more from good education.


1. Education helps to prepare a child for the future.

2. Education will help gives a child experience and confidence he/she needs to begin the real world adventure on their own.

3. Education will help build a child’s common sense.

4. Education will help a child to decide what he/she want to become in life.

5. Education helps a child to listen to others and to communicate with their own ideas.

6. Education helps a child to learn in choosing friends, to share and take turns, and to co-operate.

Studies have shown that education helps to increase the likelihood of children in becoming responsible young adults.

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Youths haven’t failed unless given opportunities – Ibe

As Africa advocates 30% of decision-making positions for youths.

Eminent personalities in the academia, judiciary and the Church have pull their weight behind Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe calling on governments to give our youth opportunities in decision making adding that no youth could be a failure if opportunities are not given them.

Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Professor Ayandiji Aina; Professor Patricia Donli; Dr. Hussaini Abdu; Odein Ajumogobia, SAN; Archbishop A.A Madu and Emmanuel Afam Ugwu Ph.D spoke in one voice in Lagos during the official presentation of Beyond Rhetoric: Youth Empowerment and Political voice in Nigeria at the Civic Centre.

Speaking at the ocassion, the chief host and Founder/Chairman, Board of Baywood Foundation, Emperior Chris Baywood Ibe said ”Unless youths are given opportunities, you cannot say they have failed. Unless we make the youth part of decision making, we are sitting on a keg of gun powder” adding ”The proposed affirmative action at the African Union level advocates the reservation of up to 30% of decision-making positions in all offices – particularly in governments for the youth”.

Ibe who noted that the book was his contribution to humanity, urged everyone to search and discover reasons they exist. He said, if you have not yet found out the reason you exist, you cannot be successful.”The reason I am on earth is to put smiles on peoples face, especially the youth. Therefore, I dedicate the book to every youth, my children and your children”’, he said.

He added: ”The book is a legacy. Life is not all about making money or achieving resounding success. It’s what you dream of, think of and worked for. Who will speak for these youths? Unless youths are given opportunities, you cannot say they have failed. Unless we make the youth part of decision making, then we are sitting on a keg of gun powder”

Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Emmanuel Ijewere said the book is about righting the wrong, noting that rhetorics is about doing something different . He explained that the book covers a wide spectrum of ideas adding ”it is a deliberate policy to engage the youths for the political progress of the nation”.Emphasising on affirmative action, he noted that the only way out is for the youths to grab power. ”Dont just sit down, because those who have the money and power will never give up. Youths should take advantage of the opportunity and change Nigeria”, he added.

He alluded to the President of France who has been in politics since he was in the university stressing rather than talk about affirmative action, it should be complemented with direct action.On his part, the keynote speaker and Country Director Plan International, Abuja, Dr. Abdul Hussaini said he has been involved in youth issues in the last 10years adding that issues concernimg them have been key conversation globally.”Africa’s greatest strength are its youths and with them it can surmount the challenges ahead” He lamented the marginalisation and misconception of our youths, stressing that our youths are neither lazy nor criminal but only denied of their rights.”Political parties have failed to give youths the platform to make progress”, he concluded.

Source – Vanguard