Egypt to host Arab and African Youth Platform in Aswan in March

By Ahram Online

The Arab and African Youth Platform will take place in March in Upper Egypt’s Aswan, as part of the recommendations of last year’s World Youth Forum.

According to Al-Ahram daily newspaper, the platform will be held from 18 to 20 March, and will take place under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The platform will focus on a number of issues of interest to Arab and African youth, in light of Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union this year.

It will include sessions, workshops, and roundtables with youth leaders and decision makers in an open dialogue, focusing on the major concerns of youth in the Arab world and Africa.

Aswan was announced by El-Sisi at the World Youth Forum as the “capital for African youth” in 2019.

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The Role of Youths In National Development

By: Alpha G. Gray

Youths are like the backbones of institutions and have the propensity to change the dynamics so as to have a new paradigm shift in society. Youths are nation’s strength; their characteristic energy and capabilities support the body politic. They also form a sensitive age group that harbours dreams for important social changes. The development of nations is fully dependent on the abilities of youths. The power of youths must be positively utilized in all areas like health, education, technology, business, trade, etc. and integrated with moral value education to spread peace and welfare throughout the country.

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, youths are described as the period between childhood and full manhood. It is the period between childhood and adulthood, described as the physical period and psychological development from the beginning of puberty to maturity and early adulthood. In Liberia, one is considered youth when he/she is between the ages of 15-35 years according to “The Revised National Youth Policy (2009-2017)”. Youths become dynamic in actions and play distinct roles in building a nation. This which society must see as a tool to creating a smooth developmental atmosphere in order to set the gateway to national growth and development at its altitude. Youths must have the ability to make choices that support the pursuit of educational goals and the development of life skills necessary for national and even local leadership positions.

Ignoring maximum commitment and engagement of youths in national development today will have dire consequences. To better understand how to move the youths forward towards national development, there must be a careful examination of rationale for expanding the youths frontier for active participation in national development. If youths are greatly involved in national development, it gives a clear picture that their potentials as change agents in mostly civil society is being highly recognized. Youths have a greater space in national development that must be consciously occupied by them, for national development does not only involves the implementation of political and economic policies and action programs that will improve the lives of the ordinary citizenry, but also recognizing the values and other aspects of the state that would act as a national catalyst to bind the people.

We as young people in this our modern social, political, economic and ethnic dispensation must work to discover our hidden talents, work out our ideas in every walk of life and set our thoughts on the parachute of development so as to build our nation. On the other hand, we must be given the necessary opportunities. We have a voice that must be given greater say and/or attention in an effort to make our contributions in the way we are governed and allow us to play greater role in national leadership and governance so that at all times, we are properly equipped to assume the mantle of authority which is inevitably on its way.

Having an open mind of how we intend to contribute to the economic growth and development of the state is something that has been thought of over the time even before a popular regime took over. Our education is one of the key factors that have been discussed both by the old and young folks in our society. We have seen that education is a way of bringing youths to the national theater. The role of education in positioning and providing youths with access to effective engagement in national development which is a way of incorporating them in the decision making process of the nation’s governance, nation building activities where they are welcomed, with accurate and comprehensive information will empower them to make healthy decisions.

However, the prevailing circumstances in our country have extenuated the potentials of youths as agents of social change. We have understood that these challenges range from the economic and social to cultural. The sensitivity of our youths has been greatly challenged due to their entrapment into the treacherous triangle of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. And this is what those who studied Sociology referred to as “attitudes of fatalism, resignation and acceptance of the situation”. The persistence of these social problems has created an environment where youths are cheaply available for manipulation by self-seeking politicians. Poverty, illiteracy, sexism, and unemployment are interrelated circumstances that generate human needs and therefore constitute a state of deprivation.

As the youth continue to remain in this state, there is a pent-up emotions and untapped energies. They provide cheap labour to execute the design of political gladiators and ethnic champions. There is an urgent need to arrest these conditions and signal society to reconsider its decision on the participation of youths in nation building. Youths are critical thinkers in society. They are the firebrand tools that drive a nation to its great path of development. Youths must be highly incorporated into national development as a whole. As we are aware that the essence of youth participation in national development is to promote ownership and sustainability of change of interventions, strengthen their abilities to meet their own subsistence need, to prevent and reduce vulnerabilities to economic, political and social unstable environment, to help them gain entry into target communities and build up trust and social capital.

In order for our youthful generation to achieve the above listed qualities and deny acceptance to fail our nation, there is a great need that we as a people give our youths the opportunity to develop their capacities through balanced education and exposure. To help guide them stay away from crime, we are to help them through trainings and vocational knowledge that will make them relevant as a means of getting them involved in leadership at different levels of society and not only government.

Source – Modern Ghana

What we know about 10 youths honored by President Sisi at World Youth Forum

By Noha El Tawil

In the closing ceremony of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF), President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi honored ten youths for remarkable achievements. The following is the biography of each of them.

Farida Bedwei

In 2011, Bedwei co-founded and became the chief technology officer of Logiciel, a Ghanaian software company that develops technology solutions to promote financial inclusion for the unbanked.

Bedwei developed the gKudi Microfinance Platform, a clouded banking system for the microfinance industry, currently being used by over 60 MFI’s across Ghana. According to her Linkedin profile, she started her career in 1998 as a programmer in Soft Company. Three years later, she became senior software architect for Rancard Solutions .

In 2010, she headed the IT department at G-Life Financial Services, and turned into an IT consultant for the company the following year till 2013. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a board member of the National Communications Authority in Ghana.

Bedwei was diagnosed of cerebral palsy at a young age so she became a disability-rights advocate as an adult. She received many local and international awards and was featured in CNN African Voices in 2015.

Takunda Chingozo

In 2013, Chingozo founded in Bulawayo a tech start-up called SaiSai which feeds the companies’ extra bandwidth to the network securing hotspots for free in public areas, including public transportation, according to Venture Burn.

SaiSai won the SWELL Innovation Award a year later at DEMO Africa. In 2015, Chingozo became a public figure in Zimbabwe since he interviewed former U.S. President Barack Obama on stage in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. At the time, he was part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and an intern at Microsoft in the United States.

In 2016, Chingonzo founded TechVillage which is a co-working space for young entrepreneurs in the information technology sector. It has two locations. One is in Bulawayo stretching over 1,300 square meters and offering co-working space, board rooms and meeting rooms, event spaces, maker workshop, production studio, mobile lab and design center, according to Pindula.

The other is in on campus of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). It is designed for students interested to learn coding and create products in between their classes.

In 2017, TechVillage launched TechFest which is a multi-day and multi-venue event aiming at introducing and exploring “new local technologies and innovations that will change the status quo and shape industries in the future,” according to Pindula.

Harbeen Arora

Arora, PhD, is the founder and global chairwoman of the ALL Ladies League (ALL) and Women Economic Forum (WEF) having a network of 100,000 women and more than 800 chapters worldwide. WEF is held annually in India, and other countries on a regional scale, according to her website.

Arora is the Chancellor of Rai University in Ahmedabad, Rai Technology University in Bangalore, and Jharkhand Rai University in Ranchi in India. Those provide education for youth from underdeveloped communities in the sectors of agriculture, and capacity building.

Arora authored three books on higher education, human values, and creative living. She founded an organic health and wellness enterprise called BIOAYURVEDA, and other ventures in hi-tech agriculture, organic farming, and sustainable living, according to her website.

Guillermo Martinez

In an interview with Marca Espana earlier this year, Martinez said that he founded in 2017 a startup called Ayudame3D to produce artificial limbs for people with little financial means. The devices “are based on a thread and string mechanism whereby the fingers move into a grip when you move your shoulder, elbow or wrist (depending on the prosthesis),” Martinez told the publication.

The idea came to his mind when he bought a 3D printer two years ago while he was finishing his engineering degree, and used it to print artificial limbs designed to be suitable for a large number of people. He gave those to an orphanage in Kenya run by a charity called Bamba Project that he joined.

Wadi Ben-Hirki

Wadi Bin-Hirki established a foundation carrying her name in Northern Nigeria when she was 20 years old in 2015. The foundation has launched six projects. The objectives of the foundation are indicated below as written on the foundation’s website.

“-To harness and focus on the potentials of the less-privileged children towards skills acquisition for the social and economic growth and development of Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
– To raise funds for charity homes, schools and colleges to enable children attend at reduced/no cost.
– To support less-privileged children in schools with scholarships and donations of food, shelter, clothing and stationary.
– To give charitable aid to any child or institution, which the Foundation may deem fit.”

Charif Hamidi

Hamidi holds a bachelor degree in finance. He took up jobs pertinent to investment banking and strategy consulting. He designed change programs, socio-economic reforms, investment strategies, future studies, and search-and-matching models for private equity firms to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution, according to his Linkedin profile.

Hamidi is on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for the year 2018, a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and an Enterprise for Peace scholar at the One Young World. In 2016, Hamidi founded Education 4.0 which is a social enterprise that enables youth to be part of the fourth industrial revolution.

Islam Abu Ali

Radwa Hassan

Hassan is the first visually impaired radio and TV presenter in Egypt. She presents a weekly show every Sunday on Radio 9090, and a segment in a TV show called Al Safira Aziza on DMC channel.

Mahmoud Saad Khaled

Khaled founded in 2016 a data backup company called WiRE Microsystems. He is the designer and coder of the company’s’ XMACHINE which is the world’s fastest integrated system disaster recovery solution, according to his Linkedin profile.

The Ayoub Sisters

Sarah and Laura who are Egyptian – Scottish started their career in 2016. Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart. They performed in many countries and won multiple awards.

Source: Egypt Today

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Ten recommendations by President Sisi in 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) closing

By Noha El Tawil

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivered a speech in the closing session of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El Sheikh whereas he announced 10 decisions in relation to recommendations by the conference’s participants.

1) Aswan is named the capital of African youth for the year 2019. This year, the MAAS will convene to examine challenges and issues.

2) Sharm El Sheikh will be the meeting point of African and Arab states integration.

3) The National Academy for Youth Training and Rehabilitation is assigned to set mechanisms to train Arab and African on leadership in the political, economic, and social realms.

4) All Arab states should conquer that the right to live is a human right, and unite to provide aid for terrorism and violence victims.

5) The formation of a research group observed by the WYF administration to study the impact of social media use to benefit from its positive effects and avoid its negative influences.

6) State institutions must collaborate with participants to set a strategy to raise awareness on water security.

7) The launch of an international initiative to train 10,000 youths on gaming and app development, and to found 100 companies in Egypt and Africa.

8) All state institutions must collaborate to establish a regional entrepreneurship centre in Egypt to provide different types of training needed.

9) The formation of a committee to run the Humanity Revival Memorial to become an international organization that preserves human values and provides support for terrorism victims.

10) The Cabinet is assigned to form a committee comprising the ministries of social solidarity and foreign affairs, and concerned state institutions to review the NGOs law holding a social dialogue and examining the experiences of other countries in that domain.

The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) concluded on Nov.6 by presenting recommendations and honoring youths who made remarkable achievements in different fields. Dozens of panel and roundtable discussions took place on Nov.4 – 5.

The opening held on Nov.3 featured four key speakers who are Yazidi Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, founder of Egyptian Streets publication Mohamed Khairat, Zondwa Mandela, and Hany Milad Hanna, son of the author of the “The Seven Pillars of Egyptian identity” book.

On the sidelines, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated the World Youth Theater, the Reviving Humanity Memorial, Start up Vein, and Freedom. E. In addition to more than 5,000 youth participants, the forum’s sessions were attended by foreign and local high profile delegates.

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World Youth Forum (WYF) success, thanks to multiple young efforts, coordinator

By Egypt Today staff

In the speech she gave at the closing session of 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF), the public coordinator of WYF, Aya Ateya, was keen to express her mixed feelings due to the closure of the International event.

Ateya expressed her happiness after saluting the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar El Bashir, as she witnesses the final day of the WYF, also she said that she feels a little upset for ending the exceptional event.

“Allow me to say that success is never an easy thing to achieve, we all know that, but through this experience I learned that no one can solely succeed, and this is the true magic of success,” Ateya said about the significant outcomes of the WYF.

The young female addressed the challenges facing the young individuals in Egypt as they are attempting to balance between their enthusiasm and common sense, a predicament faced by all generations, she explained.

“We can say that the success of the WYF is a series of successes that started with an initiative by His Excellency the President to announced 2016 a year of Egyptian youths,” Ateya added.

Ateya attributed the WYF’s success to the mass efforts exerted by several young Egyptian prodigies. Ateya praised the attendees for their contribution as well in the success of 2018 World Youth Forum.

“We can say that the success of the WYF is a series of successes that started with an initiative by His Excellency the President to announced 2016 a year of Egyptian youths,” She added.

Ateya further said that the success of the annual International event of WYF started two years earlier, when President Sisi announced that the year 2016 is the year of the youth in Egypt. Sisi’s initiative led to two significant steps, the presidential program to qualify the youth for official posts and the annual events organized by promising young individuals, added Ateya in her speech.

“I stand here today, not because I love giving speeches, on the contrary, I merely speak on behalf of a very big team that contributed to the success we witness today… all of you are part of this team,” Aya Ateya.

“The president’s initiative paved the way for the existence of the young prodigies who organized the annual World Youth Forum,” WYF Public Coordinator Aya Ateya .

Moreover, she commended the Egyptian leader’s decision to assign young people to organize the international event, as an affirmation to the responsibility he lays in young people.

“The World Youth Forum was created to tell youths all over the world that their time has time,… when Mr. President decided to sponsor the conference and send the invitations under his name, he was telling world leaders that the time for young people has come.”

Ateya concluded her speech by promising the continuation of the international event, as long as communication between the youth all over the world lasts.

“There is no such thing as an easy success, you must encounter obstacles, and even if you had to start all over again, all these pressures will make you search within your inner self to reveal and harness your true potential and strength to move on and succeed.”

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Sisi calls for establishment of African Youth City in Egypt

By Lolwa Reda

During a session titled, “How do we build future leaders?”, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for the establishment of an African Youth City in Egypt as part of the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum.

The city, Sisi explained, would not only allow African youths to participate in international conferences in Egypt but will also receive African youths throughout the year.

The aim of establishing the Youth City of Africa in Egypt is to talk with the youth of the African continent and to qualify them for leading positions, explained the Egyptian President.

“Egypt is interested in the experiences of the youths and its success,” Sisi said, continuing, “We will make one of the recommendations that we make this the ‘City for African Youths,’ as suggested during this session. I hope that the committee that puts down the recommendations, put this recommendation.”

The second annual edition of the WYF will tackle two main axes: peace and development. The forum will bring together 5,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

The axis of development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.
The WYF 2018 agenda

According to the agenda of the World Youth Forum, on Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the “agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” and “Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World.”

The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on Friday, November 2. The actual discussion sessions are planned to start on November 4, where participants will discuss a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.

On November 5, the sessions will tackle the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges.

The forum’s closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018’s recommendations will take place on Nov. 6.

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Tunisian activist Aya Chebbi appointed African Union’s Youth Envoy

By Daniel Mumbere

Tunisian activist, Aya Chebbi was on Thursday appointed the first ever African Union (AU) Youth Envoy, a position created to mobilise young people across the continent towards the pursuit of Agenda 2063.

Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist from Tunisia, who shot to global fame as a blogger during the 2010 Arab Spring in her country, will work with a Youth Advisory Council comprised of members from across the continent.

‘‘She will advocate, and raise awareness on, the implementation of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap,’‘ reads part of the AU statement on her appointment.

The African Union Demographic Dividend Roadmap is a policy document which roots for investment in Africa’s young people in the areas of employment and entrepreneurship, education and skills development, health and wellbeing, and rights, governance and youth empowerment

About Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi (31) is an activist on a mission to connect, empower and mobilise African youth into social change through Pan- Africanism.

Chebbi holds a degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Human Sciences of Tunis and a Master’s degree in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she was a Mo Ibrahim Scholar.

She is the founder of multiple platforms, such as the Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM), which coaches the next generation to be positive change agents; Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements; and Afresist, a youth leadership programme and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa.

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Egypt: President Sisi Decries Religious Discrimination When Launching World Youth Forum

By Mohammed Nabil Helmi

Egyptian President Abdulfattah al-Sisi rejected on Saturday all forms of discrimination, extremism and racism, calling on world leaders and influential international institutions to cooperate to rid the world of conflicts, poverty, diseases and illiteracy.

He made his remarks during the launch of the second World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh. More than 5,000 young men and women from 145 countries attended the event, as well as Nobel peace prize winner Nadia Murad.

Sisi said Egyptians reject crimes committed by extremist groups around the world.

He addressed Murad, the Yazidi human rights activist, who condemned terrorist organizations and expressed solidarity with Egypt in its war against terrorism.

“I tell Nadia, that the first recommendation of the forum would be a call on the world to acknowledge the crimes committed by ISIS and terrorist organizations,” he said.

Murad was kidnapped by ISIS with around 1,000 other Yazidi women and children from their village of Kojo in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq in 2014 before later escaping.

The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake also attended the forum and said it was an opportunity for the world’s youth to meet and exchange ideas and expertise.

“The youth can contribute to changing and developing their countries through participation in projects and exchange of expertise,” she said, citing UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ launch of the UN Youth Strategy 2030.

This year’s forum revolved around a vision inspired by The Seven Pillars of the Egyptian Identity, a book by late Coptic writer Milad Hanna.

Milad’s son, Hany, delivered the opening remarks at the forum and said his father believed in the importance of respecting religious pluralism in society, considering it the foundation of a civil state governed by citizenship rights.

Hany said his father would have advised the youths of today to accept one another and honoring diversity.

Before launching the forum, Sisi met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas and his accompanying delegation. Both men discussed the need to unify Palestinian ranks.


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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019


Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019


Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

Source: Egypt Today

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