By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
African Union Commission (AUC) H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat has launched
the “1 Million By 2021 Initiative” to reach millions of African youth from across the continent with opportunities to accelerate socioeconomic development on the continent.
Under the theme “Africa unite for youth: Bridging the gap and reaching out to African youth” the “1 Million By 2021 Initiative”was officially launched on the 24th of April 2019 at AUC Headquarters in Ethiopia.
Convened by the Bureau of the Chairperson and the Department of Human Resources Science and Technology of the AUC, the 1 Million By 2021 Initiative aims to concretely reach millions of African youth from across the continent with opportunities and interventions in the key areas of Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education and Engagement to accelerate socioeconomic development on the continent.
Mahamat said the “youth are no longer just the future but the present and it is about time they are given platforms to express their voices”.
The AUC Chairperson’s special envoy on youth, Ms. Aya Chebbi said young people need to be included in governance and also the creation of scalable and sustainable opportunities and interventions across the four key areas.
She reiterated the need for youth to start looking at their “contributions towards the realization of Agenda 2063”.
AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.