Gambia: Youth empowerment is Key

By Jose Rizal

Former United Nations Secretary General- Kofi Anan one said that ‘from creating start-ups to igniting revolutions, young people have been toppling the old structures and processes that govern our world. Just imagine what solutions might be found if young people are given the space and encouragement to participate and lead’. This clearly manifests the role of youth in a growing economy and their power to propel national development initiates.

The recent inauguration of a new development association dubbed Buduk Youth Development Association by the young people of Buduk Bantaba in Central River Region is a laudable move. The association aims to promote unity, health, education, environmental protection and development within the community and its surroundings. This would in turn have multiple impacts in the youths around these catchment areas. We must acknowledge that fact that the world’s biggest power is the youth and therefore meaningful efforts must be established to help empower them to contribute sufficiently towards the socio-economic development of the country.

Young people have the power to change the world. Despite the numerous challenges, with commitment and dedication, young people can surmount any obstacles sin on their path. This also reminds us about the power of life skills and for youth to exploit any opportunity that comes their way.

Last year, the world reached a historic milestone with seven billion people, 1.8 billion of which are youth aged 10 to 24. And of this young population, 90 percent live in developing countries. This generation, the most interconnected generation ever, continues to grow rapidly, and the challenges they face are ever more daunting.

Statistics also indicate that about half of all young people survive on less than two dollars a day. More than 100 million adolescents do not attend school. Every year, 16 million adolescent girls become mothers.

Over the next decade and beyond, if the country is to solve the most pressing issues of our time, there is need to tap into the dynamism of youth movements and young social entrepreneurs, for they have the potential to disrupt inertia and be the most creative forces for social change. Therefore, the inauguration of this youth association came at a right time in our quest to promote unity among the people especially those in the rural communities.

“The youth is the hope of our future.”

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South Africa: Absa partners with digital academy to empower youth


Absa and The Digital Academy hosted a technology showcase to unveil solutions and applications built by The Digital Academy interns as part of a six-month programme.

The programme is aimed at helping to bridge a skills shortage in the technology and banking sectors.

The Digital Academy has created a real-world and industry-leading platform which allows for young software developers to grow technically and to solve real problems with innovative solutions. The programme is designed to identify top talent and to fast-track opportunities and success for participants.

Participants in the internship work in simulated software development environments, which encourage digital product innovation in Africa and allow skills to be aligned to industry demand.

Absa has made a substantial investment in developing young talent in partnership with The Digital Academy. Both organisations contribute to improving the employability of South Africa’s out-of-work youth and promote economic inclusion, while passing on critical skills needed to succeed in the workplace of the future.

“Disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things, robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live and work. We need to train and develop a skilled workforce that has the ability to take part in the digital revolution, which is one of the reasons that our partnership with The Digital Academy is so important,” said Lee-Anne Wyman, Programme Manager for Young Talent and Citizenship in Absa’s technology division.

Each year, The Digital Academy hosts two intakes of 30 students that are trained for six months. The only prerequisite for joining the programme is for students to have completed Matric, to have a foundation in coding and a passion for technology.

The initiative supports these young interns in their development by building commercially focused prototypes that address local challenges for the local and African market. To date, 178 interns have been placed at Absa as part of the work-based experience component of the internship, of which 12 are current interns, 85 have been placed permanently and 41 have been placed on fixed-term contracts

“Our latest showcase will build on the success Absa and The Digital Academy have already enjoyed in ensuring that we continue to pass on the support and skills that South Africa’s youth need in order to become leaders of the workplaces of tomorrow, as well as to play an active role in their communities,” concludes Wyman.

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Nigeria Politics: My minister of youth is going to be less than 30 years – Atiku

By Adeola Opeyemi

The PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to engage more youths in his government if he is voted into power in 2019.

Atiku said 40 percent of his appointments will be allocated to Nigerian youths.

He further promised to appoint a minister of youth that is younger than 30 years of age.

The presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Power (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised to engage Nigerian youths in his government if elected in the 2019 election.

Atiku promised to give 4o per cent of the slot in his government to youths and appoint a minister who is 30 years of age or below.

The PDP presidential aspirant made the pledge at a Town Hall meeting with youth in Lagos on Monday, December 17, Premium Times reports.

“I have pledged that 40 percent of my government will be youth. Let me assure you that it’s a promise and I won’t break it. My minister of youth is going to be less than 30 years.

“President Buhari has confessed that the economy is in bad shape under his watch and it is clear that the President is short of ideas about how to fix the broken economy. There is no single economist in his administration and that is why we are in this mess.

“I know how to fix a broken economy. I know how to create jobs and I also know how to empower the youth. That’s the reason I’m here today – to give hope to you the youth that together we can get Nigeria working again.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Atiku Abubakar wished President Muhammadu Buhari a happy birthday as the latter celebrates his 76th birthday.

In a tweet on Monday, December 17, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party wished Buhari long life

He acknowledged that although they are set to battle it out at the presidential polls soon, he still believes that they are brothers from the same country.

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Kenya allocates $292m towards youth economic empowerment

By APA News

The Kenyan government has set aside 30 billion shillings($292million) for vocational training and skills development aimed at empowering Kenyan youth with relevant skills to enable them engage in entrepreneurial activities.Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that for the country to achieve its development objectives there is need for a critical pool of human resources with appropriate technical skills.

“It is in this context that my government is laying heavy emphasis on vocational training. We have set aside Shs 30 billion for this purpose in the next three years under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), NYS, and Polytechnics,” said President Kenyatta.

Kenyatta said he is committed to run a government that creates a business environment where all Kenyans have equal opportunity to participate in nation building without any hindrance.

He said the government has fashioned a number of programmes intended to empower the youth, women and persons with disabilities to enable them engage in business and other gainful activities.

“These programmes include reservation of thirty per cent of all government procurement opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities, devolution of some services and functions to counties, and increased resource allocation to the devolved units,” said Kenyatta.

He said through these initiatives, the number of persons engaged in productive economic activities rose by 5.6 percent from 16 million in 2016 to 16.9 million in 2017.

He pointed out that the new jobs, a majority emanating from the self-employment, are attributable to start-ups by women and the youth who are able to accessing low cost credit from Government programmes such as the Uwezo fund and other initiatives.

Kenyatta said the government is collaborating with the private sector under the ‘Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project’ to provide internships to support youth to acquire the prerequisite experience that employers and businesses require.

Source – Journal du Cameroun