The 2020 African Youth Month,'Youth Voices, Actions, Engagement: Building A Better Africa' is a clarion call to all youth development stakeholders - governments, international organizations, development partners, private sector, civil society, and all African youth on the continent and in the diaspora – to amplify and shine a spotlight on the voices, actions and engagements of African youth as they build a better Africa.
The focus of the 1 Million by 2021 Initiative on Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Engagement is underpinned by a firm foundation of strategic partnerships among stakeholders and acknowledges young people beneficiaries and partners. Article 26A of the African Youth Charter charges youth to be owners of their own development.
Education Week - Meet the Team - Education
2 – 8 November
During Education week we will be unpacking our work and ways of working through some Meet the Team content. In line with the theme of this year’s Africa Youth Month, we will further be shining a spotlight on some youth in the education sector. You will also get to see some of the opportunities within the education space for you to make the most of.
9 – 15 November
This week is for all those in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem on the continent. You will meet the team, learn about opportunities and resources as well as get to know of some of the innovators we are profiling. We will also launch an exciting Innovation Challenge in this week.
16 – 22 November
Our flagship program the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps Program is impactful in how it unlocks youth potential, this week we will profile some of the alumni of the program. Our commitment to providing opportunities for Youth we will also introduce you to the Young Professionals Program.
23 – 30 November
This week you will meet the team that works on the Engagement portfolio in the Youth Division, you will get access to some of the tools in our Youth Engagement Toolbox that will help you to mobilize youth in your constituency. This week will also be an iteration of the virtual Model African Union Training.
Youth Corner Podcast
In this Africa Youth Month series of the AU Youth Corner Podcast, listeners will learn about the people behind the programs at the Youth Division of the African Union Commission as well as get a closer look at some of these programs that have a bearing on youth.
Episode 1 - Education and Skills Development
The One Million by 2021 Initiative aims to provide new educational opportunities to African Youth through supporting young people to access scholarships, digital learning and alternative pathways to education for skills development.
Episode 2 - Entrepreneurship
The “One Million by 2021” initiative aims to change the game by mobilizing growth capital for entrepreneurs, as well as nurturing start-ups via connecting young African entrepreneurs across the continent and in diaspora to business leaders and international entrepreneurship networks.
Click here to listen to Ademola Adesina, an international Expert, speak on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Evidence
Episode 3 - Innovation and Impact of COVID-19 on Entrepreneurs
Listen to Alieu Jallow, founder of Young Entrepreneurs Association in the Gambia where they explore the effects COVID-19 has had on young African innovators and how best to plan for resilience.
Episode 4 - Innovation, Governance and Democracy
Liesten to Ibraheem Sanusi, Senior Advisor, Citizen's Engagement and Innovation Data Use for Africa's Development, GIZ speak on on how good governance enhances innovation.
Episode 5 -Young Professionals and Leadership Programs
Listen to Daniel Adugna, the Program Officer who leads the Youth Division's work around volunteerism and Young Professionals, to discuss Eyouth leadership and access to spaces.
Episode 6 - Youth Engagement
Listen to Amanda Chukwudozie speak on the African Union work around Youth Engagement
Be part of the #AYM2020 activities and conversation on social media
Join the Scavenger Hunt with your friends on November 1st –and stand the chance to win an amazing prize!
Organize Africa Youth Month activities at your school/work.
Talk about it with your friends & colleagues.
Talk about it on radio and TV.
Change your social media profile picture to our official poster.
Engage in our Twitter polls and chats.
You can engage with our activities on social media through sharing and using the hashtags; #1mBy2021, #BuildingABetterAfrica, #AYM2020 and #MyPower
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