What is Young African Think’rs Convention?
“The creativity, energy and innovation of Africa’s youth shall be the driving force behind the continent’s political, social, cultural and economic transformation.” –Agenda 2063/ Aspiration 6:58
“Many of the challenges that our young people face are also potential opportunities, from the need for job creation to the need to inculcate positive values. A lot of hope is pinned on this generation as being the future leaders of Africa. If we have such great expectations for our young people, it is imperative that we proactively prepare the way for them,”
– Dr. Betta Mengistu, Beza International Ministries, Chairman
Think’rs convention is an annual three-day intense brainstorming and idea-generating summit where African youth from different nations gather and give input. With the aim of making youth participants in the decision-making and solution finding for Africa’s way forward, Think’rs convention gathers young people from different parts of the continent. Through the discussion times at the convention, we hope to instill Agenda 2063 in the minds of the young leaders, and inspire action in those who are going to take on leadership positions. As a result of this, we hope to begin to utilize the untapped creativity of the youth to fuel the on-going transformation and realize the anticipated Africa.
After two days of concentrated dialogue among teams, the solutions, suggestions, ideas and policies crafted by the young think’rs will be presented to an audience. Students, business owners, educators and leaders will attend the presentations so as to receive the suggestions and take note of investment opportunities. We hope that the convention will inspire tangible projects that will be taken up in cooperation between the youth and current leaders/business owners.
The Young African Think’rs Convention is to be held on August 10-12, 2016.
What do we think about?
We drew out the following discussion topics based on the aspirations and goals set in the Agenda 2063. As future bearers of Africa, we will gather to deliberate, discuss, debate and brainstorm on the various issues listed below:
1. In what creative ways can Agenda 2063 be popularized among the youth of Africa?
Much of the problems we face in Africa does not necessarily come from lack of vision, goals or plans for the continent. Rather, it is in what is lost in translation when it is being communicated to the citizens and young people who are key to the success of it all. Team 1 will deliberate on coming up with creative ways to spread Agenda 2063 to the youth of Africa.
2. What shared values and common identity do we need in going forward in Pan-Africanism?
Unity, independence, integration and sovereignty are some of the concepts that are pillars to the imagined Africa. Team 2 will discuss on the preconditions Africa ought to have that will lead towards unity. They will confer about what ‘pan-Africa’ really entails.
3. What are the bottlenecks for entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa?
In Agenda 2063, we aspire of a time where youth unemployment is fully eliminated. Entrepreneurship is essential to do so. Team 3 will bring to light specific challenges African youth face while trying to change their ideas into businesses. Identifying the problem shall enable leaders to pin point in which areas youth lack support.
4. How do we use our Education system as a tool to combat backward/survival/poverty mentality and restore commonly shared values in Africa?
“There cannot be a new Africa without a new African, and there cannot be a new African without commonly shared and understood morals and values,” – Dr. Delanyo Adedevoh, PHD
Currently, most African youth do not have access to sound education, but even those who do are going through each grade with a mentality still immersed in lack and poverty. Such students grow up to learn merits without carrying responsibility/vision for their nation. Team 4 will come up with creative ways in which African moral values and a vision-led mentality can be injected into students along with other materials in the education system. (As stated in Asp. 5:42, Agenda 2063)
After two days of brainstorming sessions, each team will sum up their ideas and prepare presentations for the following morning.
Who we are
We are a group of young leaders working and studying in the sectors of media, organizational leadership, entrepreneurship, IT, fashion, natural sciences, politics, music, construction… Our team includes individuals from the ages of 16 to 34, and our creativity has just as much range as well. Our pan-African team consists of 9 different nationalities.
The organizers of Young African Think’rs convention are the Beza Youth Department with The Youth Mag (www.theyouthmag.com). Together, we have organized multiple projects, productions and events. Some of the outcomes include events such as Friday Night Fire, Think’rs Convention, Youth Creative Camps, print magazine publications and short films.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating!