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Swaziland’s Prudence Ngwenya shares AU’s plans for empowering Africa’s young people

Speaking at the APRM’s first Youth Network Workshop held on the 4th of August 2019 in Johannesburg, Prudence Ngwenya outlined the African Union Commission’s plans to sustainable empower Africa’s young people.

The African Union Commission’s Youth division has overseen the drafting , finalisation and ratifiction of several youth-focused policies which are intended to guide member countries in executing Agenda 2063.

The over-arching policy that serves as a guideline for the continent’s youth activities is the African Youth Charter. Every other policy for youth by the AUC and/or its various organs speaks to the contents of the charter.

According to Ngwenya, the most important thing is for various organisations to find ways of translating the Youth Charter into their frameworks so there is unity of purpose and guidelines.

Some of the policies that the AUC has come up with include:

Ngwenya challenged the delegates to use the available instruments to mainstream the youth agenda into their organisational activities and strategies.

To meaningfully contribute the success of empowering African youths, organisations like APRM and NGOs should come up with ways to encourage youth-led accountability.

Young people should take charge in making sure that member-countries adhere to the African Youth Charter. Every young person in Africa should know the African CHarter and be able to recognise areas that are doing well and those that need attention.

The mandate of the AU Youth Division is:

  • Advocacy
  • Brokerage
  • Catalyzing action at country level
  • Demonstrating best practices from various African countries
  • Engaging for collective impact. A partnership and mutual accountability framework to facilitate collaboration for results and coordination of activities or investments by the diverse stakeholders involved in youth empowerment ecosystem on the continent.

To better serve the continent, AUC has compressed all it does into 4 Es and an H:

  • Employment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Health

Given the statistics of African youths being the fastest growing group in the global ecosytem, we hope all these whitepapers and ideas will translate into real gains for African children.

Speaking at the APRM's first Youth Network Workshop held on the 4th of August 2019 in Johannesburg, Prudence Ngwenya outlined the African Union Commission's plans to sustainable empower Africa's young people. The African Union Commission's Youth division has overseen the drafting , finalisation and ratifiction of several youth-focused policies which…
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Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is passionate about empowering Africans through mathematics, problem-solving techniques and media. As such, he founded MathsGee. Through this organisation, he has helped create an ecosystem for disseminating information, training, and supporting STEM education to all African people. A maths evangelist who teaches mathematical thinking as a life skill, Edzai’s quest has seen him being named the SABC Ambassador for STEM; he has been invited to address Fortune 500 C-suite executives at the Mobile 360 North America; was nominated to represent Southern Africa at the inaugural United Nations Youth Skills Day in New York; was invited to be a contributor to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2016; has won the 2014 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development award for his contribution to women’s empowerment in education; and has partnered with local and global firms in STEM interventions.

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