The world’s most youthful population is in Africa, with over 60 percent of the total population in the age category of 24 years and below. This is a strategic population if only it can be leveraged to develop the continent’s current economic situation. It only makes good sense to invest in the present as well as the future by expanding the opportunities available to the youth as there exists no greater pillar in any given society.
The vision 2030 on sustainable development is emphatic about the role of the youth. The framework incorporates different youth departments, a catalog of trusts, charters, and policies that promote inclusivity and setting a transformative agenda. We took time to objectively analyze the African youth empowerment strategies and what should be done to secure a promising future.
Giving The Young A Sense of Purpose in Developmental Issues
In the current scope of Africa leadership and public service, it’s ironic how the continent’s most strategic population is intentionally and sometimes unintentionally left out in key issues. The world bank reports that Africa’s youth population contributes 60% of the entire continent’s joblessness crisis. This is mostly Subsaharan Africa. Retirement ages for the elderly population in civil service and leadership positions are ridiculously extended, and mentorship programs for the young population are mediocre. Without a successive structure, Africa is losing talent and labor from a population at its prime. There is a dire need to inculcate a sense of purpose among the dejected youths. This can only be achieved by adding the amount of responsibility and opportunities they are exposed to.
Occupying Africa’s Digital Space
With rampant unemployment, getting young men and women in critical job positions might seemingly be ridden with many challenges at first. However, the digital space is a strategic starting point for mitigating the current crisis. Joblessness in the continent is attributed to a lack of professional experience and the standard skill set for particular tasks. As stated earlier, without mentorship programs, traditional employers will continue fussing about the youth’s lack of initiative.
The digital economy is more accommodative, and sourcing training is practical and free to all interested parties. The digital space is also versatile and presents an equal opportunity for anyone to thrive in e-commerce, virtual assistants, freelancing, digital marketers, and so many other avenues. Looking at the current statistics, it is evident that trends like eSports competitions and professional online gaming are experiencing exponential growth in the digital age. The future of the online casino industry in Africa looks promising, empowered by friendly government regulations in most countries. The individual governments ought to do more to promote the digital space, for instance, improving internet access, creating digital learning centers, and easing regulations of the digital economy.
Capacity Building and Training Future Leaders
Civic competence is not something people are naturally born with but gained gradually from orientation and training. Encouraging youth social movements in Africa rather than treating them as a political threat provides a good avenue for building capacities early. It also creates a pool of professionals to choose from. Creating economic opportunities in the continent complemented by capacity building endeavors would turn around the brain drain of local talent into more organized economies abroad. When young men and women understand and carve out their place in their society’s enduring structure, it serves the greater good by increasing civic engagement and introducing fresh ideas to old problems.
Modernizing and Integrating The Current Education System
An education model that is not rooted in societal needs and the individuality of learners is retrogressive. It’s no secret that Africa’s education system is wildly outdated and gives ill preparation for the demanding modern economic, political, and social landscape. Improving access to quality education would the perfect start. The system also needs to factor in the different abilities of students and expand its scope into developing a wide array of talents. Today, the traditional education system adopted in Africa is rigid and eliminates individuality in learning.
Technology has acted as a catalyst to modernization, and in every waking moment, the world is actively progressing. It’s easier to lag behind in our day and age with outdated education models and hence the massive gap between the developed and underdeveloped. The Vision 2030 developmental framework’s whole essence is for Africa to invest in finding a route map to sustainable growth and becoming a relevant member of the international system. It all starts by changing the narrative and substituting what doesn’t work with more inclusive programs.
Many feel that vision 2030 for African nations is a pipeline dream, and it will remain as such until inclusivity of the youth is achieved.