South Africa: Teens to fly Cape to Cairo in a plane they assembled

By iOL.co.za (MERCURY REPORTER)

An epic adventure in the form of an aviation challenge promoting and supporting innovation, technology and entrepreneurship will see 20 teenagers embark on a Cape-to-Cairo-and-back excursion in a self-assembled Sling-4 aircraft.

The aircraft uses ordinary motor fuel and was built in just three weeks.

The excursion, earmarked to start next month, will see different teams of the 20 teenagers pilot and charter a course that will cut across several African cities and towns, spreading the key messages of an African narrative that started as a dream.

Teen pilot, author and motivational speaker Megan Werner, sparked by her passion to inspire, founded U Dream Global Foundation to uplift, empower, equip and transform the lives of thousands of youth throughout Africa and the world by “dreaming and achieving the impossible as well as succeeding beyond expectations”.

“The challenge has enabled us to take a lot of teenagers from different backgrounds and to teach and equip them with life skills that they can take with them into the future.

“Throughout Africa, we are hoping to do similar initiatives affecting thousands of youths who are the future of the continent,” said Megan.

Megan and various teen co-pilots are now set to chart a course across Africa to visit towns and cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt, and a return trip that will include Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.

Pupils assemble the Sling-4 aircraft, which they plan to fly from Cape Town to Cairo and back on an epic journey next month.

Voluntary support for logistical aspects of the flight is being provided by CFS, ExecuJet, Worldfuel and Mike Blyth, the founder of The Airplane Factory – the enterprise that designed and built the original Sling plane series.

Using specially modified, self-made drones, the challenge will be documented on video.

Six teenage pilots will take turns to fly the plane as the challenge moves from country to country.

These Are The 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For In African Youths


By Andrew Christian


According to the World Bank, youths account for 60 percent of the jobless in Africa. In North Africa, the unemployment rate is at 25 percent, with even larger numbers in countries such as the DRC, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. There are about 200 million people between 15 and 24 in the continent, making it the largest population of young people in the world. In most African countries, youth unemployment occurs at steam twice stronger than that for adults, according to the AfDB, with young women feeling the sting of joblessness more than the male lot.

But African leaders are doing all they can to battle unemployment. In Senegal, 200,000 people join the labour market each year, which is the outcome of the program launched by President Macky Sall in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly, 300,000 by 2017. With financing from the African Development Bank, self-employment programs for youth and women are also ongoing in Senegal.

Africa’s unemployment statistics don’t include those in vulnerable employment and those who are underemployed in informal regards. Truth be told, most young Africans land jobs, but not in places that pay them well, help them develop their skills or provide a measure of job security – hence, underemployed. According to the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, under-employment isn’t a problem serious enough to warrant greater attention, since it masks the reality in countries that post low unemployment rates. In the DRC, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia, more than 70 percent of the youths are either self-employed or contributing to family work.

The figures can be scary, and governments can be blamed for the situation. But what part do African youths have to play in landing the dream job? Of course, it’s more than just sitting at home and waiting for your president to sign agreements with international employers so you would have a six-figure salary. While there are many untapped opportunities in Africa, the professional social network.

LinkedIn has compiled a list of skills that have the most job-landing potential in 2019. Who better does it than the base of experts itself? Rather than stressing different problems – which as of now looks futile – we need to recognise that tech companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Apple, and others are on the lookout for SKILLS. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t ask job seekers to not bank on their college degrees. Yes, to get a job in most of these companies today, you don’t need to have a degree. You need to have skill.

The guys at LinkedIn discovered that employers nowadays are on the lookout for workers with both soft and hard technical skills, and went on to match them with free LinkedIn Learning courses for potential candidates. So, they have taken it as a point of duty to help out in evening by getting to know the skills that make you a job magnet.

Five Most In-Demand Soft Skills Of 2019

1.Time Management

There’s a popular African cliche which says that time is money and that it waits for no man. Or is it African? Well, one thing’s for sure, employers want to hire people that know how well to manage their time, especially in their job areas. There is a cornucopia of books out there that teach you how to be effective with time. Meanwhile, here are free courses that LinkedIn want you to take.

2. Adaptability

Take it from me, employers don’t want to have to put up with persons who would complain about a new job months after they get hired. All job roles are not the same, and that pretty much tells you that you need to discipline your mind and body to adapt to the dream job situation you find yourself in. Nagging doesn’t help – at least not often. To get into a job environment in one thing; to fit into it is another.

3. Collaboration

It could be a wrong guess, but there is hardly any CV today that doesn’t have a section which says that the candidate is a team player. While this has become rather too monotonous, the moral lesson is that job seekers need to learn how to collaborate. Most employers don’t want you being a lone wolf or solitary worker who doesn’t give a heck what other employees think. In most work environments, it is all about teamwork.

4. Persuasion

This is not some Mother Confessor type of persuasion, neither does it have jack to do with hypnosis. The power of persuasion is truly a skill, one with which you convince who to do what at then and so. There are startups out there who have the best ideas but don’t have the ability to persuade investors to fund those ideas. Not only is this a critical job skill, but a must-have if you are ever going to make people see reasons with you in other life aspects.

5. Creativity

This isn’t meant to scare the barnacles out of you, but, very soon, robots will start doing your job. But in as much as these metal mashups can perform certain tasks better than humans, they cannot be as creative as. Take a look at all the great ideas making money all over the world. Aren’t they all from the stables of creative thinkers? Employers would rather hire creative talent than have to pay someone who would just follow directions.

Five Most In-Demand Hard Skills In 2019

1. UX Design

With websites launching from every nook and cranny, people are going to need UX designers to help create quality, spellbinding content that will put smiles on their customers’ faces. User Experience is not cakewalk nowadays, but thanks to the establishment of tech hubs and computer centres, these skills can be learned for free.

2. People Management

There are different kinds of people in this world, and when dealing with customers, employers would rather have a people person by their side. Why else did Bobby Axelrod hire a shrink for his stock trading company? By the way, that’s from the movie series Billions. People, when managed effectively, turn not just customers, but assets to a company. That’s why companies need people managers.

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. It involves deductive reasoning with no specialised knowledge, such as: comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships; recognizing logically equivalent statements; and inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Need we say much? AI is unsurprisingly the number two on this list. If you have a knack for advanced science and skills to match your drive, then you are the hot cake companies are jousting in the arena for. Take a look at 27-year-old Silas Adekunle from Nigeria who is using his knowledge in robotics to land deals with Amazon and Apple, while selling his products MekaMon in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the UAE.

5. Cloud Computing

The most in-demand skill of 2019, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Knowledge of the way this works will most likely snag you a six-figure dollar monthly salary.


Source weetracker


Rwanda: Save children from having children

My country is overwhelmed with teen pregnancies. In 2013, the United Nations Population Fund estimated that Guyana had the second-highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in South America and the Caribbean, with 97 of every 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 giving birth. Five years later, little has changed.

Today, some 42 per cent of Guyanese young people are sexually active, 29 per cent do not use condoms during sex, only 15 per cent say they are familiar with birth-control methods, and 56 per cent of sexually active young people have contracted a sexually transmitted infection. Furthermore, 12 per cent of Guyanese girls have sex before their 15th birthday, and 62 per cent say they have an unmet need for contraception.

When adolescents cannot obtain condoms and other forms of birth control, the rate of unplanned pregnancies increases, health outcomes suffer, and young people are unable to reach their full potential. To avoid these trends, and to reverse them where they exist, countries must strengthen their health-care systems and ensure that every teenager has access to sexual and reproductive-health services.

One of the biggest obstacles to reducing the rate of unplanned pregnancies is the lack of sex education in schools. In Guyana, the government’s Health and Family Life Education program was meant to address this shortcoming. But only a handful of secondary schools offer the curriculum, and those that do typically avoid topics that would contradict the Ministry of Education’s abstinence-only policy. As a result, most teachers fail to educate students properly about safe sex.

Another challenge in Guyana is the services gap between coastal regions and the country’s interior. The country’s hinterlands suffer from a lack of health facilities, which further limits adolescents’ access to information about safe sex, contraception, and neonatal care. Not surprisingly, rates of teenage pregnancies and maternal mortality are highest in the interior.

The shortage of rural clinics partly reflects a dearth of qualified health-care workers. To maintain basic care for a country’s population, the World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of 22.8 skilled health professionals for every 10,000 people; universal coverage requires at least 34.5 workers per 10,000 people. In Guyana, however, there are only 11.4 health workers per 10,000 people, a staffing shortfall that affects every aspect of the health-care system.

Finally, Guyana is a socially conservative country, and biases about young people’s sexual activity pervade health care and domestic life. Some nurses prefer not to provide girls with contraceptives, while many parents believe that talking about sex will only encourage sexual behavior. This, together with the lack of sex education in schools, leaves Guyanese teens with few places to turn for advice before becoming sexually active, or to find help when they become pregnant.

These obstacles can be surmounted, and Guyana can lower its rate of teen pregnancy. But it will require significant changes in how Guyanese think about and address the issue of adolescent sexual activity.

For starters, Guyana must implement comprehensive sex education and work to ensure that teachers have been trained to provide unbiased data and information. Adolescents must be made aware of what services are available, and parents and community members must be encouraged to support the provision and expansion of these programs.

Moreover, communities need to increase access to contraceptives and other sexual-health services; one way to do this would be to revive or establish youth-friendly spaces and centers where information can be shared. These spaces should be open after school and on weekends, staffed by knowledgeable, sympathetic adults. Special attention must be devoted to rural regions and people with special needs, an often-overlooked segment of the youth population.

These reforms are essential to improve the life prospects of Guyana’s young people. If more teenagers had access to sex education and contraception, fewer girls would have their lives interrupted by pregnancy. Only by empowering women and girls with the resources to control their reproduction will the grim statistics that have long burdened Guyana – and many other countries – begin to change for the better.


The writer is a medical doctor, a recipient of the 120 Under 40 award for leadership in family planning, and a member of Women Across Differences, a Guyanese non-profit organisation that works to empower women and girls.

Copyright: Project Syndicate.


Source The New Times


Rwanda to host ANOCA Youth Games


By Damas Sikubwabo


Rwanda will this year host the maiden edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Youth Games.

The development was confirmed to Times Sport by Valens Munyabagisha, the Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC) president.

The five-day event will run from April 2-6 in Huye District.

This publication understands that the multidiscipline competition will comprise; cycling, athletics, taekwondo, beach volleyball and 3×3 basketball, a form of the game played three a side.

In exclusive interview on Wednesday, Munyabagisha revealed that through RNOSC, Rwanda was first requested to host the regional showpiece during the 2018 ANOCA Regional Meeting last June and has since agreed to accommodate the competitions after consulting the Ministry of Sports and Culture – MINISPOC.

“Preparations are already underway, and we are looking forward to hosting a memorable event. We have decided to start with five disciplines, but more will be added in future editions,” said Munyabagisha.

He further noted that after the competition in Southern Province, all the athletes and officials will head to Kigali where they will join Rwandans in Walk to Remember on April 7 at Amahoro Stadium as the nation will be commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The competitions, designed for youngsters aged between 16 and 18, will see around 350 athletes vying for medals in different sports.

Eleven countries namely; Sudan, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia and the hosts Rwanda, will be represented.


Source The New Times


UAE youth keen to learn from Rwanda’s post-Genocide tolerance


By Michel Nkurunziza


WITH 2019 designated as the year of tolerance in the United Arab Emirates, the country is keen to send some of its secondary and university students to Rwanda to learn how tolerance reconciled and united the country after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

This was revealed by Hazza Mohammed Falah Kharsan Alqahtani, the UAE Ambassador to Rwanda, during his visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial yesterday.

He was explained how Genocide was masterminded and executed, leading to the deaths of over a million people in just 100 days.

Over 250,000 Genocide victims were interred in 14 graves at Kigali Genocide memorial site.

The visit follows the creation of United Arab Emirates embassy to Rwanda in June last year.

Rwanda and UAE cooperate in trade and investment, education as well as hospitality and tourism.

The envoy told The New Times that there should be cooperation on sharing the experience on tolerance between the two countries.

“2019 is the year in which UAE is looking at activities and projects related to tolerance. As the embassy, we are going to work on a plan that will deploy youth from secondary schools and universities in our countrywho will come to Rwanda, visit memorial sites to learn from the experience of how Rwandans rebuilt their nation by promoting tolerance and forgiveness,” he said.

He said future generations need to understand how good leadership like that of President Kagame brought about unity in a previously deeply divided country.

“This memorial site is a strong tool and education programme that will help future generations to learn from the past and build the future.

UAE hosts over 20 Rwandan students on scholarship programmes.

The third Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer report released in 2016 by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) showed that up to 92.5 per cent of Rwandans feel that unity and reconciliation has been achieved and that citizens live in harmony.


Source The New Times


Rwanda Ready To Host 1st Zone V Genocide Memorial Youth Games


By Bonnie Mugabe


Rwanda National Olympic and Sport Committee is ready to host the first ANOCA Zone V Genocide Memorial Youth Games.

The President of Rwanda National Olympic and Sport Committee Amb. Munyabagisha Valens confirmed the development on Thursday in an interview with KT Sports.

The five-day event which will be staged in Huye District from April 2nd to 6th, 2019 will be held in five sports codes namely Cycling, Beach Volleyball, 3*3 Basketball, Taekwondo and athletics and 39 medal events.

All the 11 Zone five countries namely Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt and hosts Rwanda are expected to take part in the games..

The Rwanda National Olympic and Sport Committee is also planning to invite guest nations France and Senegal, hosts of the 4th edition of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.

Amb. Munyabagisha said, “The decision to host these games was taken during the previous Zone V meeting where Rwanda was requested to host the maiden games and we agreed. We have since gone ahead to prepare for these games which will be held once in two years,”

“We hope that we can use these games as a qualification to continental games going forward. Preparations are currently underway. We expect 350 athletes aged between 16-18 years to grace the youth games,” said Amb. Munyabagisha.

The event has been organised by the Association of National Olympic Committees for Africa (ANOCA)’s Zone V in conjunction with the Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee, and the Government of Rwanda in the spirit of Olympism and the power of sports to reconstruct the country from the genocide ideology.

Amb. Munyabagisha further added, “During the course of the games, youth players will get an opportunity to be inculcated on values of Olympism. We will use the games to fight Genocide ideology and promote reconciliation and social cohesion. We will be taking evening sessions to teach the youth players on the effects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi while also focusing on regional conflicts like in South Sudan, Kenya, Burundi among others,”


Source Ktpress


Kenya: Uhuru pushes for gender parity, youth involvement in AU reforms

By PSCU

Institutional reforms at the African Union (AU) will enhance its efficiency in meeting Africa’s needs and aspirations, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The president said this on Saturday, noting the reforms process will enhance the capacity of African nations to face challenges and diversify their economies for increased resilience.

STRUCTURES

President Kenyatta spoke at the 11th Extraordinary Session of The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The main focus of the summit is the AU reform process, which is aimed at making the body more efficient in the delivery of its mandate.

President Kenyatta noted Kenya’s support for the Executive Council’s recommendation for an eight-member commission comprising the chairperson, deputy chairperson and six commissioners.

He also said Kenya supports the establishment of a non-elected post of director-general, who will coordinate the work of non-elected members of the African Union Commission (AUC).

President Kenyatta further advised the AUC to ensure that as it goes on with the reforms, it guards against duplication of roles to improve overall coherence and efficiency in line with best practices.

“In order to have member states and regions on board, we welcome the intention to respect gender parity and inter and intra-regional rotation, and commend the leadership for the proposal to have a 35 percent threshold of youth in the selection process.”

The president underscored the importance of the full implementation of the new structures to drive the continental body to attain the “Africa we want” ambition as outlined in its Agenda 2063.

BLUE ECONOMY

Mr Kenyatta also noted that Kenya warmly welcomed the integration of the sustainable blue economy component in the new structure of the AU.

The move, he said, is in the right direction since the sector has immense untapped potential to contribute to Africa’s transformation and growth.

Kenya is spearheading a new global focus on the blue economy and is set to host an inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy Conference later this month.

“It is in this regard, that I once again invite you to the High Level Sustainable Blue Economy Conference to be held in Nairobi from November 26 to 28, a forum that will afford us an excellent opportunity to engage further on this important topic,” said the president.

NEW PRESIDENT

President Kenyatta congratulated his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, the outgoing AU chairperson, “for his steadfast and able stewardship” of the reforms process.

He also congratulated Ethiopia for the historic election of the first female president in the country, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde.

Mr Kenyatta had lunch with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and later visited President Zewde.

He congratulated her on the election and pledged the country’s support.

While inviting President Zewde to visit Kenya soon, he promised to lead a trade delegation to Ethiopia next year to explore avenues for deepening trade ties.

The Ethiopian President thanked President Kenyatta for Kenya’s outstanding leadership role in the region, especially in economic, social integration, peace and security matters.

She said she acquired valuable leadership lessons during her past interactions with President Kenyatta and pledged to work more closely with him that she did while serving the United Nations in Nairobi.

She sent greetings to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, whom she described as a close friend and a big inspiration to women leaders in Africa.

TRADE TIES

President Kenyatta and Mr Ahmed spoke about the need to enhance trade ties between Kenya and Ethiopia, and agreed to explore joint ventures especially in the establishment and operation of special economic zones.

They also discussed regional security and the need to make border areas safe for business.

The president applauded the PM for his strong support for women leaders, as seen through the election of Ms Zewde, and the recent Cabinet reshuffle that saw more women earn ministerial appointments.

Mr Ahmed told President Kenyatta that Ethiopia is committed to achieving a united and prosperous continent.

He said that under his leadership, Ethiopia will lead the push for African unity and progress.

Source – Daily Nation

Rwanda: Gender Minister Urges Youth Volunteers To Be The Voice Of Change

The two-day workshop for district coordinators of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) ended on Sunday at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, with fresh commitment to engage in preventive measures against narcotic drugs and Gender Based Violence.

The youth volunteers also resolved to enhance awareness against human trafficking, teen pregnancies, domestic conflicts and engage in activities against malnutrition while educating communities on proper feeding of children.

During the two- day workshop, the youth were enlightened on various pertinent issues such as human trafficking, GBV, drugs, child abuse and legal instruments including the new penal code.

The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Soline Nyirahabimana, while speaking at the closing of the workshop commended the youth for the spirit of volunteerism and urged them to create impact in their communities.

Present was also the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda.

“Your commendable human security activities are in line with the national human capital policy, and we believe such energy and spirit of patriotism can also address serious issues of teen pregnancies, poor feeding, illicit drugs among others,” Minister Nyirahabimana said.

She urged them to mobilize and sensitize their fellow youth in communities to desist from unlawful acts of abusing drugs and sexual malpractice, which lead to unwanted pregnancies and contracting STDs especially HIV/AIDS.

“The government target is to be a middle income country by 2035 and a developed country by 2050. This target cannot be realized when children are being abused, when parents don’t know about healthy feeding and the young people are being destroyed by drugs,” the Minister said.

Abdallah Murenzi, the national Coordinator for RYVCP, said members acquired vast knowledge on national security and development programmes and what is required of them to reinforce efforts to address issues at hand.

“Basically our major task is to influence positive change. We will therefore realign our activities to mobilize the public against criminal activities, educate them on proper feeding and their role in community policing. We need all hands to be together in security and development matters of their communities,” Murenzi said.

Source – Taarifa

Rwanda: Contraception for the youth should be seen beyond traditional values

Another major event is opening tomorrow at the Kigali Convention Centre when over 3,700 delegates take part in the fifth edition of the International Conference on Family Planning.

Rwanda had for many years been struggling with bringing its explosive population growth under control but with little success. Then, between 2000 and 2015, the efforts invested began to pay off. A Rwandan woman who gave birth to an average of 5.8 children, saw the numbers descend to 4.2.

Traditional Rwandans, especially in rural areas, believed in large families, they saw it as an investment for the future. There were more chances of survival in a society that was prone to disease and social upheavals if one had many children.

And in any case, that was more manpower for the farm. That was a much-skewed logic and source of numerous domestic conflicts. As years went by, there was little to inherit as plots of land continued to reduce as it was passed down the male lineage – women were out of the equation

Contraceptives were shunned and in case they were reluctantly accepted, only the woman took part in the exercise. More than a decade ago, only 4 per cent used modern contraceptive methods, today the figure is around 48 per cent.

The remaining urgent challenge is taking birth control and sexual education to the youth. Today the most pressing issue is the rise in unwanted teen pregnancies. We should not bury our heads in the sand; many youths today are sexually active and are not inhibited by conservative upbringing or what used to be regarded as social taboos.

In order to tackle teen pregnancies, drastic measures need to be taken even if it means going against traditional customs. Today’s youth are aeons away from their elders in terms of emerging trends and a fast-changing world.

Adults need to pull up their socks to keep up with the youthful adventurous youth to prevent them from unwanted harm.

Source – New Times

Rwanda: Youth volunteers warned against illicit drugs, gender based violence

The Inspector General of Police Dan Munyuza said that although safety and security is guaranteed in Rwanda, issues related to illicit drugs, child pregnancies, poor feeding and gender based violence remain one of the bottlenecks that should be given emphasis to address.

The Police Chief made the remarks, yesterday, while officiating at the opening of the two-day workshop for members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP).

The workshop held at Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru seeks to address some of the issues affecting security and development in communities.

IGP Munyuza thanked the youth volunteers for their commendable work in human security activities over the last five years, and urged them to realign their activities with the pressing issues.

“You fall in the policing structures as force multiplier and you are here for a reason. We expect you to leave here with a changed mind and with purpose to fight illicit drugs, be the voice and eye against all sorts of child abuse and spread the message against proper feeding of children,” IGP Munyuza said.

Human security and community development activities conducted by RYVCP since its creation in 2013 are valued at about Rwf700 million.

These include construction and rehabilitation of over 13300 houses for the disadvantaged families, construction and rehabilitation of 1440km of roads linking communities, construction of 1989 toilets, planting of about 700,000 trees as part of the afforestation and environmental conservation programme.

“You are not involved in all these for a pay but because of your patriotic heart and sacrificing for your country. We call for your strong partnership to guarantee the better future for the youngsters who are being seduced into sexual malpractices and drugs,” the IGP said.

Nadine Umutoni Gatsinzi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, observed that cases related to teenage pregnancy and family conflicts continue to rise.

The PS said that the youth were identified to partner in addressing such challenges including actively engaging in the customary social coercion traditionally known as umugoroba w’ababyeyi and educating communities on proper feeding for good health, child protection, family planning and the ongoing ‘Girl2Leader’ campaign.

Launched early last month, Girl2Leader campaign seeks to encourage girls to unlock their leadership potential and to bring together different public and private institutions, parents, children, youth, leaders, teachers and the general public to prevent and combat teen pregnancies and defilement in particular.

Reports indicate that the number of teen mothers is high in the districts of Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Kirehe, Bugesera, Gasabo, Rubavu, Kayonza, Musanze, Ngoma and Rwamagana.

The 2018 Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis report also identifies Burera, Gicumbi, Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Ngororero, Nyamasheke and Rutsiro as the districts where cases of poor feeding remain high despite the overall 8 percent reduction in the whole country.

Abdallah Murenzi, the national coordinator for RYVCP, said that the organization is composed of the educated and elite young people, who have the will and ability to understand and address issues at hand.

“We have members and structures down to the village level, and we will leave here with priority tasks; to make umugoroba w’ababyeyi active, educate the people on proper feeding, continue Umuganda especially constructing organic gardens and focus much on campaign against drugs in schools,” Murenzi said.

The youth group, which has about 260, 000 members across the country, also constructed about 6000 organic gardens, locally known as akarima k’igikoni to supplement the national efforts against malnutrition.

Source – New Times