WHY FOCUS ON HEALTH & WELLNESS OF AFRICA’S YOUTH

According to the African Union, about 65% of the total population of Africa are below the age of 35 years, and over 35% are between the ages of 15 and 35 years – making Africa the most youthful continent. By 2020, it is projected that out of 4 people, 3 will be on average 20 years old. About 10 million young African youth arrive each year on the labour market.

Wikipedia also maintains that: “Youth in Africa constituted 19% of the global youth population in 2015, numbering 226 million.[1] The United Nations defines youth as people aged 15 to 24 years.[2] By 2030, it is predicted that the number of youths in Africa will have increased by 42%.[1] Africa’s population as a whole is very young, with 60% of the entire continent aged below 25, making it the youngest continent in the world, in relation to its population makeup.[3] All of the world’s top 10 youngest countries by median age are in Africa, with Niger in first place with a median age of 15.1 years.[4] There is contention among critics and analysts over what this demographic dividend could mean for African nations; some believe that, with effective governance, the economy could significantly benefit and develop, whilst others have argued that a large, poorly-managed youth population may lead to greater instability and civil conflict.[5]

A 2004 study found that young people are the most likely to commit violent acts, as well as more likely to become victims of violence themselves.[6] The youths of Africa experience the globalisation of culture in many different forms, such as through fashion and music, including American rap and hip-hop. A further significant issue for Africa’s youth population is the prevention, treatment and eradication of disease, with particular reference to HIV/AIDS, which remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality amongst African youths.[7]

 

What we at Maadili Leadership Solutions know for sure is that adolescents and youth who are healthy and happy are best equipped to contribute to their families and communities, despite any major shifts which may be occurring in their inner and outside world. It is in this view, therefore, that Maadili is well poised to offer its unique professional services and products to any and all organizations which work with and value this unique opportunity for authentic youth empowerment. These include:

 

  • Primary, Secondary and High Schools,
  • Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Learning,
  • Political Youth Organisations,
  • Other Youth Formations, Clubs.