Equipping the Youth with Adaptive Education and Skills for Employment

Under this theme the first Africa Talks Jobs conference took place between 30th October and 1st November 2017 at the African Union Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The conference provided a platform for successful and innovative approaches at all levels of education – higher education, TVET schools, secondary schools, as well as non-formal education approaches through civil society and youth organisations.

The three days of intense discussions and exchange produced a set of policy recommendations for the 5th AU-EU Summit which took place in November 2017. Additionally, 120 African businesses and associations gave a commitment to partnering with the education sector to invest in youth.

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth

African Union heads of state and government recognized that the burgeoning youth population on the continent represented an opportunity for economic growth. Thus, the AU assembly has declared the year 2017 as the “Year of Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.” It was stated that this theme would be central for the achievement of the objectives laid down in the Agenda 2063 – the AU’s central strategy for socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.

The ‘Year of the Demographic Dividend’ led to a continent-wide initiative that identified four thematic pillars to be key areas for targeted investments: Employment and Entrepreneurship, Education and Skills Development, Health and Wellbeing, and Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment, with a special emphasis on Youth Employment.

The ATJ 2017 Conference addressed these themes with the aim to create a set of concrete policy recommendations which was presented at the 5th AU-EU Summit which took place in November 2017.

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