The commemoration on Africa Day in 2020 finds us in the time of COVID-19. While this is a challenging time not only for the African continent but for people worldwide. This Africa day we seek to promote African youth’s resilience and active participation in finding and implementing solutions towards the continent’s development.
COVID-19 has drastically changed the lives of young people living in Africa, where those under 35 make up 75 per cent of the continent’s population. From loss of income and job insecurity to stalled education and a lack of clean water, young people and their communities are being forced to explore new and innovative ways of coping.
Currently, there are about 600 million young people in Africa are not employed, are uneducated or are in insecure employment. Therefore as we mark Africa Day let us shine a spotlight on the urgent need to invest in social and economic development, and especially entrepreneurship in order to meet high demand for employment in Africa.
But defying the odds, by managing to control the pandemic that has ravaged other parts of the world, we’re committed to celebrating the diversity of the African continent while reflecting upon the common challenges that remain; particularly in relation to Covid-19.
Through our work we are committed to identify innovations and young entrepreneurs whose work can contribute towards the economy’s development and be potentially showcased further at various regional or continental forums and platforms. To leverage on young people’s current mobilisation in mitigating the crisis through existing mechanisms, digital tools and platforms to build resilience against future crises, as well as to continue our youth development programmes that will address young people’s need to be supported to reach their full potential and thrive.