Africa’s Youth continue to be disenfranchised from key decisions making and economic processes and spaces. While Agenda 2063’s Aspiration 6 describes 4 points of contact with youth; education, health, employment and technology, analyses show that Africa continues to lag behind in all four areas. Young people are therefore experiencing identity crises, feeling disillusioned and disheartened by inability to access good quality education, gainful employment and adequate healthcare. Generally, weaknesses in policies, failures of established institutions, corruption, lack of good governance and transparency in government structures have all been evidenced to be contributing to youth lacking opportunities to fully reach their potential and to live in dignity. As a result, Youth are increasingly preferring to take a passive role in politics and public affairs in the continent. Radicalization and vulnerability to extremist groups is also one of the most challenging results of the disillusionment of youth and their subsequent disengagement from mainstream political participation.
- Our Solution: Building Youth Scenarios
The African YMCA Movement will conduct a Future search and Scenarios building conference between the 24th and the 28th March 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya. The purpose of the Scenarios conference will be to facilitate the involvement of the youth and cement their ownership of the future of the continent. This falls in line with the recommendations of Agenda 2063, and is a key strategy of empowerment of African youth. The Future search dialogue will be a highly-structured process, in which a cross-section of youth, community members and other stakeholders will create a shared understanding of how to move the continent to the desired future – with specific reference to the youth of Africa and past continental and global agendas.
The Africa Alliance of YMCAs will mobilise at least 50 youth from across the continent to construct possible scenarios for Africa’s young people. These will be normative or norm-creating scenarios which will be a guide towards creating a common ground with which to approach the future. The Search shall take the form of a 5-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya to develop Continental Scenarios. The Workshop shall be led by the Scenarios team which will consist of 35 young leaders aged 35 years and below and 15 experts in youth issues.
Interested youth will apply for participation by sending a 500 word description of what they view an ideal Africa will be like in 2063 – and at least one way that the continent can get there. The descriptions can be in French or English and can be substituted, where possible, by a short video. Creativity and out-of worldliness is welcome and encouraged . Submissions must be made by Midnight Wednesday, 7th February 2018. All submissions to be made via firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos may be uploaded to Youtube and the link sent through the email.