YOUTH CONNEKT 08 -10 OCTOBER IN KIGALI Rwanda
Youth Connekt Africa 2018 in Kagali was a unique experience. A continental event that brought together youth leaders, business leaders, professionals, policymakers, the private sector and civil society, development partners, mentors and potential investors from across Africa.
From the opening ceremony to the launching of the Youth Connekt Hub, the trip to the modern village and the concert in honor of participants every activity was grandiose and breathe taking! I was particularly moved by the launching of the Youth Conneckt Hub. A hub which is designed to connect youths for social economic transformation. It would be a platform to exchange ideas, exchange best practices, seek south to south synergy, provide resource mobilization, communicate programs, close the gender gap and nurture regional hubs of experts. This was so inspirational! The youth connect hub would also strive to tackle limited access to education and finances, improve deterring health, increase employment and reduce Exclusion.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
The Youth Connekt 2018 was a total success with well-designed, mind-blowing, inspirational and motivational programs. Every program was indeed enriching and some ran simultaneously. However, all the programs streamed live and one could always go back and see how it all went. Some of the programs were :
Launching Ceremony – melodious songs and symbolic parade by the African Youth volunteer corps, welcome address from the Minister of Youth Rwanda and inspiring address from the administrative assistant UNDP.
Conneckted Innovators – presenting their works and new ideas!
Face the Gorillas – best business ideas from African youths to solve African problems presented to potential investors.
Urban Youth Connnekt – Connecting Urban Youth for continental Transformation,
Connekted Girls –changing mindsets, challenging social barriers,
Th MasterClass –with the goal to create 10 million jobs for youth and empower 25 million youth with skills – career advice, and lessons on how to write a CV and prepare for a job interview.
Discussion with leaders, a discussion between private sector leaders, government and international organization – sharing their experience!
Youth Driving SDGs and AU Youth Volunteer Graduation.
In the past, I would say – discussions and conferences were held on and about young people without youth people themselves. An African adage says ‘ you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence’ This should be the one event where young people across the continent were represented and involved In a high-level discussion that concerned them. One speaker, The administrative assistant of the UNDP Ahonna Eziakonwa, caught my attention – she said ‘ as a young person growing in Africa I had a question asked and that question was also an answer. It said …Though Africa is shaped like a question mark, Africa also got the answer, Africa has got the answer is the one thing I kept in my heart as I left Kigali …
By Abosi Muma, President and Co-founder, Children Home International.