One of the challenges I face when I talk to people outside of our mission space about the subject of youth in Africa is that there is not always a clear understanding of who Africa’s youth are. The media and other sources frame our assumptions about all youth, and for African youth especially, the references are not often positive. The suggestion that Africa’s youth are a ‘ticking time bomb’ has been used often, unfortunately.
One of the things we must do in order to make faster progress in turning the tide of challenges our young people face is gain a deeper understanding of who they are and what opportunities they present. Who are Africa’s youth? Let me share some facts here:
This year, an area of increased investment for us at JA Africa will be technology, especially digital literacy, computer literacy and education, but we will continue to invest in our core areas of entrepreneurship education, financial literacy and work readiness. We believe that addressing the complex challenges faced by the vast numbers of ambitious, entrepreneurial, tech-savvy and future looking youth of Africa will require that we scale our efforts and multiply our results.
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CEO, JA Africa