The African Union has decided to increase the effort against COVID- 19 by including African youth through the launch of the Africa Youth Front on Coronavirus initiative.This is a multi-stakeholder advocacy group of youth and intergenerational networks that will support the implementation of the African Continental Strategic Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Some youth have done consultations in regard to COVID-19 and here is an example of their findings:
-There is lack of recognition of youth’s critical role in preventing the spread of the virus and contributing to frontline responses to the global challenge
-Lack of effective and innovative communication to reach African youth in the communities who are either in denial of or fear from the virus
-Socio-Economic impact on youth (unemployment, food insecurity, gender-based violence, racism and discrimination, etc.)
The African Union is the first intergovernmental organization to create a high level policy and advocay framework for young people to co-lead Africa’s response to the pandemic, it is the African Youth Front on Coronavirus – Aya Chebbi (AU Youth Envoy)
You can watch the video of the official launch of African Youth Front on Coronavirus here:African Youth Front on Coronavirus – African Union- Launch