Decade of Youth Empowerment
2020, a new year and decade have come. As we look to the future, our world still faces many challenges, from climate change to lack of development. However, with these challenges lie great opportunities. If the world is to be a better place, then the development and empowerment of youth need to be a priority. In most African countries and other developing nations, young people are just not prioritized. Young people are missing from decision-making positions, and they do not have enough opportunities.
Last year in December 2019, I had the opportunity to attend the 5th Edition of the Youth Global Forum in Amsterdam. I enjoyed this conference as it provoked me to think of the role youth play to make the world a better place. This year 2020 reminds us that we have entered the last decade to achieve the 17 SDG goals that we expect to reach by 2030. What have we fulfilled in the previous decade? Has progress been made? In the next few weeks, I plan to share inspiring stories of people that I met who are making a difference in their communities and thus making a world a better place. Also, I’ve decided to play a part in empowering young people by advocating for them and also helping to create opportunities in any way that I can. My main focus will be youth from African communities.