UNESCO SHS STRATEGY ON AFRICAN YOUTH: TOWARDS AN ENABLING POLICY ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN AFRICA (2009-2013)
This Strategy has been developed by the SHS Sector in cooperation with the African Group at UNESCO and in consultation with UNESCO programme sectors, central services and field offices in Africa. It was finalized through a series of consultations with a number of partners and key stakeholders: Member States, the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, regional economic communities and regional intergovernmental organizations, youth organizations, academia, the private sector and the United Nations system partners.
The Strategy shares many common elements with the draft 10-year AU Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa (2009-2018) and UNESCO will collaborate closely with the African Union Commission for its implementation. The Strategy provides a guiding framework for UNESCO’s action on Youth in Africa and has been developed based on the framework of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy 2008-2013, the 34 C/5 and 35 C/5 documents and taking into account the priority accorded to Africa and gender equality as global priorities. Fully aligned with the scope of the 2010 International Year of Youth on “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, the Strategy also serves as a catalyst for collaboration among key stakeholders in the field of youth.
The necessary financial resources (US $3,000,000, in addition to the requirements of the proposed voluntary fund for young social entrepreneurs) will need to be sourced essentially through the mobilization of funds from bilateral, multilateral and private sector partners.