Young Africa International unveiled and officially opened its headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 1st of December 2021. This move enables the organisation to scale and grow its solution to youth unemployment: to train half a million youths by 2025.
For over twenty years, Young Africa International has been training youths in skills for employability and entrepreneurship. The organisation has developed a proven high-impact solution that has enabled students to transform their lives. Young Africa trains youth through vocational skills, life skills, entrepreneurship skills as well as talent development in sport and art.
The event that was officiated by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr Margret Verwijk, and the Acting Director for Skills Development from the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation, Mrs Theresa Mupanduki, was graced by members of, and allies from the civil society and partner organisations working in Zimbabwe.
Speaking about the long-standing partnership between Young Africa and the Embassy of the Netherlands, Ambassador Verwijk expressed her confidence and support in the work that Young Africa International is doing.
“We have experienced the journey of growth with Young Africa International and we are excited for this development. Young Africa has support from the Netherlands and we would love to see more young people’s lives being transformed,” she said.
Young Africa International currently has a 6-year long project, Skills2live, that is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maputo.
The Acting Director for Skills development in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation shared the ministry’s sentiments towards the work that Young Africa International is doing in complementing Government efforts to provide young people with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
“We are just as excited as Young Africa. The Ministry has seen and experienced what Young Africa International is doing even in the most remote areas of our country. Young Africa gives hope to young people, and we appreciate the work that they are doing,” she said.
The symbolic launch of the International Headquarters on the 1st of December, coincided with World AIDS day, the international tree planting week and the commemorations for the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.