It is envisaged that the YAC programme will also assist in creating awareness of Agenda 2063. The purpose of Agenda 2063 is to build and grow a prosperous Africa with all African societies working together. YAC participants are encouraged to discover, explore and identify where they are as far as the process and its implementation.
The training provides participants, from across the continent, a platform to be a voice for the youth. The program cultivates an approach of self-discovery, connection to Christian foundation, understanding African diversity and community mobilisation. Other components include transformative masculinity and conflict management. This creates a learning atmosphere to promote effect and impact in their spaces and areas of influence. Youth are given the tools and resources they need for transformational thinking. YAC participant Andile from SA says “For us to get to the Africa we want, we need to change our subject mentality, and realize that the Africa we want starts with me.”
The YAC programme presents a promising resource, a reservoir of energy and great influence which can play an important role in social, economic, culture and ideological revolution in the continent. It is our hope that this will significantly contribute towards economic growth and poverty alleviation. However, one asks the question of “Do youth in Africa know what they want? What does the African future look like to the youth?”
In order to achieve the YAC vision of “An Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”, significantly more action is still required especially from the youth. Young people must do things differently and should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socio – economic transformation.
Youth serve a vital role in the realization of the Africa they want and are encouraged to equip themselves with the skills and confidence to empower themselves and other young people so that they are not excluded and manipulated politically, economically and socially. Young people need to move from being subjects to a state of citizenship where they understand the root causes of problems, articulate viewpoints and are part of positive change at various levels of decision-making in their respective countries. This only happens when you discover yourself, appreciate our diversity tolerance and embrace one another and move towards our common Africa goal.