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 If You Want Chaos… Take the Back Seat

If You Want Chaos… Take the Back Seat

Nerima Martha Wako Kenya Talking about politics to young people is always interesting. You never really know how to start. Do you ask if they read the newspaper?  Or do you mention the most recent government scandal and hope that they chime in with an opinion?  At least there you can gauge that they may have an idea after all!  In all honesty, I normally get 3 common responses.  I hate politics - that is one territory I know very well not to venture in to.  Some even go as far as asking you to stop speaking about it all together. Then there is - I really have no interest for politics, and politics is boring. Young people! I really have to break it to you (I am lying, I secretly enjoy this reality check): you have to be interested in politics!  This is the thing; many people try to distance themselves from politics. Which I can't blame you for, because over the years that is how things have been. We get tired of the petty dramas our politicians play.  But we need to realize

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Public Opinion Poll: "Youth & The African Union"

Public Opinion Poll: "Youth & The African Union"

In September 2015, under the auspices of Ignite The Youth (An international society of youth activists in Africa), We conducted a survey on the relationship between Youth and the African Union. The online based Public Opinion poll received 832 respondents from 24 African States. So what do young Africans think about the African Union? How do they rate the institution's perceived performance? The results recorded in this report indicate that a large section of the African population believes the African Union is important for young people and that it is capable of addressing their issues. However, a similarly large majority express discontent at the AU’s efforts to “empower” and “engage” the Youth. Furthermore, the institution was perceived to have failed the African youth by 67% of our respondents, and received an overall public rating of 3.2 out of 10. To view the Full report on our Survey Click Here :   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0UfSqSxlrBHLXRUS3QtbGFGYkk/view?usp=s

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Not Her Fault!

Not Her Fault!

Denyse Uwineza (Rwanda) Mutoni experienced early pregnancy when she was 17 years, at the beginning of 2014. This destroyed her life because she dropped out of school and is currently raising her child alone. Mutoni’s case is only one example of the many “adolescent pregnancy” cases in Rwanda. This shows that there is still a lot to do to teach adolescents how to prevent early pregnancy so as to reduce the number of such cases in Rwanda and Africa as a whole.  The contribution of parents, teachers and society as a whole are needed to teach adolescents on how to prevent early pregnancy. Role models play an important role in a teenager’s daily life but most of them do not deeply discuss sexuality with them. The lack of complete, clear and accessible information is a major factor that influences these young people to prematurely engage in sexual activities and possibly be impregnated. Moreover, other dynamics also contribute to the overlooking of contraceptive measures by adolescen

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Not Her Fault!

Not Her Fault!

Denyse Uwineza (Rwanda) Mutoni experienced early pregnancy when she was 17 years, at the beginning of 2014. This destroyed her life because she dropped out of school and is currently raising her child alone. Mutoni’s case is only one example of the many “adolescent pregnancy” cases in Rwanda. This shows that there is still a lot to do to teach adolescents how to prevent early pregnancy so as to reduce the number of such cases in Rwanda and Africa as a whole.  The contribution of parents, teachers and society as a whole are needed to teach adolescents on how to prevent early pregnancy. Role models play an important role in a teenager’s daily life but most of them do not deeply discuss sexuality with them. The lack of complete, clear and accessible information is a major factor that influences these young people to prematurely engage in sexual activities and possibly be impregnated. Moreover, other dynamics also contribute to the overlooking of contraceptive measures by adolescen

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INTERVIEW: Aya Chebbi on her Agenda for African Youth!

INTERVIEW: Aya Chebbi on her Agenda for African Youth!

Aya Chebbi As part of our focus on Youth & the African Union, we interviewed Ms. Aya Chebbi of Tunisia. Aya is the Founder of the African Youth Movement (AYM) and an internationally acclaimed Youth Activist. As a very vocal youth leader and public figure, here is what she has to say about her agenda for the African Youth... Q Please introduce the African Youth Movement (AYM) – What is your “Movement” about? A  "I have had this vision that, in our shared marginalization as young Africans, we could develop a sense of common identity and a critical consciousness that would enable us to challenge the status quo. That is how AYM was born. It is a movement to grow this common identity with strategic collective response to our own challenges. AYM is a movement of young African visionaries, organizers and advocates in Africa and around the world taking the agenda of African youth from the margins of society into the centers of national, regional and international discourse t

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