Webinar & Twitter Chat 6/25 | Youth Employment in Africa: Whose job is it?

Webinar & Twitter Chat 6/25 | Youth Employment in Africa: Whose job is it?

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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. Unfortunately, in many communities within sub-Saharan Africa, youth find themselves jobless and entrenched in systems that do not welcome innovation or change.
Future Forward, a partnership between Ashoka and The MasterCard Foundation is identifying and supporting the innovators in Africa who are changing these systems, while convening a conversation to reframe how we think about the evolving workplace and the role of youth based on ideas and solutions at the cutting-edge.
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.
  1. Tune into the kick-off webinar for this exciting series on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. EST via LiveStream by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1qlNBDd
  2. Share your thoughts, insights and reactions live on Twitter, using the #AfricaYouthFwd and #SocEntChat hashtags during the webinar and afterwards.
  3. Mark your calendars for the closing webinar to be held on September 17th and sign up to get more details about future online events, such as a planned twitter chat to coincide with International Youth Day on August 12th.
  4. Read the latest on the topic from our community and beyond.
  5. Share your stories, insights, and knowledge relevant to youth employment. Refer to the contributor guidelines for our community blog.
  6. If you cannot make it on June 25th, watch this space for a recap which we be avaialble after the event.


Josephine Nzerem 

Nigerian born Josephine Nzerem joined the Ashoka West Africa Team in 2010 as the Ashoka Anglophone West Africa Representative. She holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from the renowned Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of Lagos, Akoka. Nzerem’s passion for creating social change drove her to pursue a career path in activism and social entrepreneurship. Nzerem narrowed her focus to the field of socio-economic rights of women, co-founding an NGO in 1998 called Human Angle which works to protect women in Nigeria from disinheritance. Nzerem was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2002 as a result of the innovative way she has brought positive change to African women. In 2004 she received an award from Junior Chambers International as the outstanding young person for the year, in the area of contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights. 

Xola Booi

Xola is a 19-year self-motivated leader in her community and has been an activist for education since her childhood. Xola is a youth representative at IkamvaYouth where she was a former learner from 2010-2012. She currently volunteers as an IkamvaYouth career guidance counselor and served as an IkamvaYouth Branch Committee Member in 2012 and 2014.  Xola has also been involved in various university sponsored projects such as taking part in Project IEEE in 2011 at UCT during which she helped develop solar panels, representing students as the Provincial Coordinator for Congress of South African Students (CSAS) and completing a boilermaking course at NorthLink College in 2013.

Eme Essien Lore

Eme Essien Lore is the Senior Associate Director of The Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office.  Lore helps lead the strategic development and implementation of the Digital Jobs Africa initiative. Digital Jobs Africa aims to impact 1 million lives in six African countries by catalyzing sustainable, Information Communication Technology-enabled (ICT) employment opportunities, and skills training for high-potential but disadvantaged African youth.  Lore is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Joy Oliver

Joy is a social entrepreneur, an Ashoka fellow and one of the co-founders of IkamvaYouth, an after school program that strives to improve students’ graduation results and has been involved in all aspects of the organization from the outset. Joy has an honors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education and Information and Communications Technology from the University of Cape Town, funded through a fellowship from the Potter Foundation. Previously, in addition to her role as Director of IkamvaYouth, she established TEACH South Africa in the Western Cape. All her work is focused on redressing inequality and injustice in South Africa through promoting equal access to quality education and opportunities. 

Atul Singh

Atul Singh is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fair Observer, a global media platform that examines the deeper issues behind the news by focusing on analysis and presenting a "plurality of perspectives" from around the world. Fair Observer has been recognized as one of Forbes' "Audacious Startups By South Asian Entrepreneurs". Singh did an MBA with a triple major in finance, strategy and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School; he worked as a corporate lawyer in London; studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford on the Radhakrishnan Scholarship; debated extensively at the Oxford Union; and led special operations as an elite officer in India’s volatile border areas. He has also been a poet, playwright, sportsman, mountaineer and a founder of many organizations. Singh’s knowledge is eclectic, and his friends often joke that it comes in handy when access to Google is limited.