Read about the experiences from a SERVE volunteer in Mozambique 2016 group here.
Young Africa in The Netherlands raises awareness among young people about the challenging situations of their peers in Africa. Through guest lessons at schools, talks, presence at theme markets and fairs, publishing literature, and sharing on social media and through our website, we inform and educate on the development issues facing youth in Africa. Our development education programme also includes informing people about how Young Africa contributes to youth development, and what the public can do to play a positive role in Young Africa’s approach to youth development. With our partner SERVE, a similar programme is offered in Ireland.
Young Africa believes in promoting and influencing government, local representatives and donors to value the importance of youth training and empowerment. In 2015, in all our working countries we interacted with government to seek more attention for the plight of young people, encouraging them to invest in youth, create employment, and improve education. We have also been promoting Young Africa as a best-practice model for skills training for employability and entrepreneurship. We are therefore glad that focus on vocational training as a tool to combat youth unemployment is gaining momentum internationally. Vocational Training has been recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the UN in 2015, particularly in Goal 4.4: ‘By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship’.