Theme, “Raising Youth Voices against Corruption in Africa”
Date 1 November, 2018, Africa Unity Square, Harare
Introduction and Background
Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards political, social and economic renewal. The African Union theme of the year is, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.” The Africa Youth Day theme for 2018, “Raising Youth Voices against Corruption in Africa” is in line with various decisions and declarations focusing on the engagement and development of young people. The AU Demographic Dividend Roadmap’s fourth pillar, for instance, highlights the importance of ensuring participatory, representative and inclusive political processes of young people that are increasingly educated, cosmopolitan, and tech-savvy. Moreover, youth empowerment and engagement in different sectors will diminish the risk of corruption. (African Union)
Zimbabwe has a well-educated youth population which should readily unlock, especially, the economic potential each young person possesses. The country is on the path to economic recovery and it is imperative that young people take an active role in this process without hindrance. The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation is responsible for informing Government on the needs of young people while at the same time provide strategies for youth development.
The Ministry and its agencies provide a wide range of products and services that should inform young people of their participation in the cultural, socio-economic and political sectors of the country. These vocations can provide income to young people as well as contribute significantly to the country’s GDP.
In this regard, the concept note proposes a direct interface between the youth, Ministry and its agencies during the commemoration of Africa Youth Day by providing a platform for the interaction of the Ministry and all its agencies and young people. Particular attention will be given to challenges paused by corruption on youth participation.
The Africa Youth Day commemorations will take the format of a music gala, exhibitions and a youth forum on corruption. Music will be used as a way of bringing youth from all walks of life to the commemorations while at the same time encouraging youth participation in sport. The main activities of the day will be exhibitions by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, its parastatals and agencies showcasing their products and services for young people. In keeping with the AYD theme the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Republic Police will also be requested to exhibit and hold discussions on the sidelines of the commemorations to engage young people on corruption and its effects on youth development and economic participation.
The main focus of the commemoration will be to create awareness of the activities of the Ministry, promotion of youth development programmes, sport, arts and recreation and engage Government on corruption.
As a build up to the commemorations and in honour of the contribution of our young people, support will be solicited from partners who provide services and products to young people to offer promotions to youth who procure their services and products on 1 November, 2018.
The objectives of the commemorations will be to:
- Provide a platform for the economic promotion of youth development programmes, sport, arts and recreation.
- Create awareness of the products and services of the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, parastatals and agencies,
- Create a platform between Government and young people to discuss ways of ending corruption in Zimbabwe
Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation
Zimbabwe Youth Council
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission
Sports and Recreation Commission
National Youth Service
Vocational Training Centers
Arts Gallery of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Republic Police
Methodology of the workshop
- Host a music gala that will bring youth to the venue of the commemorations
- Host exhibitions for the Ministry, departments, parastatals, and agencies
- Invite sporting personalities, authors, successful musicians, etc to participate and share their stories with young people,
- Invite the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and Zimbabwe Republic Police to exhibit and create a platform where they can engage youth on corruption in line with the theme of the day