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INTERVIEW:  Timothy Mugerwa on African Youth

INTERVIEW: Timothy Mugerwa on African Youth

Mr. Timothy Mugerwa President, African Youth Union (AYU) Ignite The Youth is currently focused on Youth in the African Union. As part of this thematic undertaking we will be interviewing selected Youth Leaders and gathering their views and opinions on the organization and how it interacts with the African Youth. Our first interviewee is Mr. Timothy Mugerwa of Uganda. Timothy is the President of the African Youth Union (AYU) and has experience working with youth across the continent for up to 10 years. Here is what he has to say... Q.   Please introduce the African Youth Union (AYU) – What is your organization about? A.  The African Youth Union (AYU) is a Pan-African youth organization boasting the largest youth representation in Africa. It bridges the gap between the youth and government, and acts as a conduit between the youth and regional bodies. The AYU is mandated to lobby governments for the implementation of youth centered policies. These policies seek to promot

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#DidYouKnow? The African Youth Charter

#DidYouKnow? The African Youth Charter

In Article 28 of the African Youth Charter, the African Union Commission (AUC) states its duties and obligations to the Youth. Read the Article below: Article 28: Duties of the African Union Commission The African Union Commission shall ensure that States Parties respect the commitments made and fulfil the duties outlined in the present Charter by; A) Collaborating with governmental, non-governmental institutions and developmental partners to identify best practices on youth policy formulation and implementation and encouraging the adaptation of principles and experiences among States Parties; B) Inviting States Parties to include youth representatives as part of their delegations to the ordinary sessions of the African Union and other relevant meetings of the policy organs to broaden the channels of communication and enhance the discussion of youth-related issues; C) Instituting measures to create awareness of its activities and make information on its activi

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AFRICAN UNION: Did You Know?

AFRICAN UNION: Did You Know?

Nerima Martha Wako Nairobi, Kenya Youth and the African Union (AU) are words that are not regularly conjunct. For many of us, we only hear of the AU every year when we see in our television sets and newspapers that the different Heads of State in Africa are attending a meeting.  Due to the coverage, we put two and two together and recognize that “this must be important” . However, several youth cannot articulate to you what was discussed at the meeting; what were there resolutions made? And do they impact me?  Most youth are actually unaware that the AU has platforms for the youth.  The African Youth Charter was endorsed in July 2006 in Banjul, Gambia and I think of it as one of the most progressive legal documents that encompass youth.  Why would I say that?  Reading the document one can find the usual freedoms, which are Freedom of Speech, or Freedom of Association etc. However, there was one that stood out; The Freedom of Thought .  Some of the national constitutions in our

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Conflict in Botswana

Conflict in Botswana

Nozizwe W. Ntesang Botswana In Botswana, we are fortunate to have never experienced conflict in the sense that is synonymous with wars (as is the case in other African countries.) My analysis of this topic therefore will be at a micro-level. There are various kinds of conflict that I've encountered, the first one being a Gender conflict. This is perpetuated by the patriarchal nature of our culture as Batswana. Examples of such are the belief that a man is not to be questioned by his wife/held accountable for actions, the belief that a man is entitled to extra-marital affairs which he shan't be quizzed on either, "monna ke selepe o a adimanwa," amongst many others. This cultural stance causes a lot of conflict within Batswana homes because it gives men the upper hand in a marriage as opposed to the spouses being equals within their home. It also breeds an attitude of an impunity in men which is not a desirable trait in conflict resolution. In a country with

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The Trying Days of Timber

The Trying Days of Timber

Ms. Tony Joy Akure, Nigeria I Spying into the unforeseen future I hear the loud voices of the timber Crying its way out of all shivers But why Timber, shall you ponder in the gutter of shivers? Why have you lost your pride to shivers? Why timber? Questions keep knocking The past comes ringing Floods of untimely tears Oh, alas, yet again, understanding comes running All because of the shivers of Timber Shall Timber die or shall she lose her grip?

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YOUTH AND CONFLICT IN SOMALIA

YOUTH AND CONFLICT IN SOMALIA

Bisharo Ali Hussein Galkacyo,Somalia Many Somali youth have known nothing but conflict and hardship for most of their lives, especially in south central. Where can you search for hope when all you have ever known is conflict, poverty, loss and displacement? This is the profound question facing Somalia's lost generation. Somalia's young population could be its greatest strength, but only if it tackles the sky-high unemployment and economic disenfranchisement. More than half of Somalia's population is under 18, with the majority born after the overthrow of Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991, the pivotal event that sent the country spiraling into a deeper anarchy. Somali people are facing a post-conflict dilemma: prioritizing recovery when the peace objective prevails over the economic development objective. Yet at the heart of the nation building we must look to the future and ensure that youth unemployment is also on the agenda.

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We Are Stronger Than We Thought!

We Are Stronger Than We Thought!

(An open letter to All African Youth) Alvin John Stephen Arusha, Tanzania Dear African Youth, My Brothers and Sisters, I’ll try to make this as short as possible, knowing that most of my fellow youth hate to read.  I don’t want to believe that our banks of reasoning, tolerance, common sense and forgiveness have gone bankrupt. My fellow African, truth only means something when it's hard to admit and I suggest our bad memories are best forgotten. Personally I cannot ask anymore of a man than what I believe the man can deliver, but I’m asking every young African with common sense to summon the spirit of Royalty, to this continent! Africa is mother to us all and God blessed her with everything. What we need is a better future for her and we must fight for it!

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