360° Launch: Whose job is Youth Employment in Africa?
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 15:00
We share perspectives, insights and analysis from the private, public, citizen sectors and from youth addressing the question “Whose job is youth employment in Africa?" in a series of articles produced in partnership with the Fair Observer.
Announcing the launch of a new 360° on youth employment in Africa, in partnership with Ashoka.
Around the world, communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers, and shape better realities for themselves and for those around them. Unfortunately, in many communities within sub-Saharan Africa, youth find themselves jobless and entrenched in systems that do not welcome innovation or change.
Around the world, the communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers and shape better realities for themselves and for those around them.
In partnership with Fair Observer, an on-line journal that examines the deeper issues behind the news, we will explore the theme: Who is responsible for addressing youth employment in Africa? From June-September 2014, we will be developing online events and a series of articles that will gather multiple perspectives and provide a 360° analysis on the topic.
The correlation between educational attainment and employment prospects is clear. Those with tertiary qualifications are far more likely to access the labor market, with only 12.6% unemployment among holders of diplomas and higher certificates, and only 5.2% among those who have degrees.
To become a transformational force for good, African youth must be employable.
It is time for graduates and the youth to take the lead in ensuring that they have the skills needed for today's economy.
With 61% of it's population under 24, Africa's greatest challenge is finding jobs for it's youth.
The lack of access to gainful employment is a cause of frustration and disappointment for many young people in Kenya.
Schools in sub-Saharan Africa have suffered from the same ills for many years and recquire a radical shift in approach.
African youth must find innovative ways to transfrom their passions into enployment and leadership opportunities.