Millions of young people all over Africa joined in the celebration of Africa Youth Day last week, in recognition of youth as key agents for social change and economic growth in all aspects of the African society.
Since its proclamation and institution in 2006, the Africa Youth Day, has been commemorated every year on 1 November, aims to ensure that African youth continue to strive for ownership in Africa’s development.
“A day like the African Youth Day presents an opportunity and platform to highlight the issues, roles and challenges of the African youth,” Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said.
She also called on the youth to ponder over the theme for this year’s celebration — Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the Demographic Dividend — and come up with innovative ideas and “take your rightful place as key drivers of our continent’s transformation”.
Encouraging young people to host activities to mark Africa Youth Day in their respective communities, the AUC also launched at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, the Youth Mainstreaming Guideline, which aims to enjoin the youth in all of the commission’s development activities.