The African youth at large is at a crucial crossroads. With the 4th industrial revolution in full effect and our limited access to technology, there is a societal gap wedged between the haves and the have-nots and now more than ever, the premise of youth empowerment has to take practical precedence for the assimilation into innovative problem solving to take shape.
Tenacious go-getter and sought-after Leadership Development Coach, Tshepiso Rametsehoa, shares five key areas to address Youth Empowerment.
1). Africa Is The Youngest Continent
Over 70% of Sub-Saharan Africa is under the age of 35, and we are faced with extremely high unemployment rates. Therefore, it is imperative for Government stakeholders, corporate citizens, and civil society to meet each other halfway in providing collaborative solutions to facilitate access to education and employment opportunities.
2). Restructuring Career Guidance
With the ever-changing work environment and traditional methods of employment losing relevance, we should drive the focus of career guidance to teach the youth how to monetise their talents and interests. The new world order doesn’t allow us to rely on traditional methods to solve the ongoing youth unemployment problem, so creative initiative to forge new paths is necessary to empower the youth to thrive in the field of corporate South Africa.
3). Fostering An Active Learning Culture
The premise here emphasises psychological research that suggests that there is more than one way to learn. Education psychology’s nine types of learning support the argument that we all do not process information in a similar fashion, which begs the question: How do we create a space where people learn in a way that resonates with them and bears a positive impact. Are we ready for audiobooks and documentaries/YouTube tutorials for learning? How do we assist parents in accommodating their child’s contextual learning style and advance young people who can lead and advocate for themselves?
4). The Impact Of COVID On Education Access And Its Societal Ramifications
One of the most devastating travesties is the impact of COVID-19 on access to education and the other societal impacts that schools serve on the community. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds were reliant on schools as one of their limited sources of food, and those who did not have access to technology and good network could not participate in online learning leading to a high dropout rate between primary, secondary, tertiary, and how despondent, mentally conflicted and impoverished youth who resort to crime to survive.
5). The Value of Networking In Entrepreneurial Pursuits
We often hear conversations on how the youth should not rely on the government for traditional job-seeking but engage in entrepreneurial pursuits, yet we haven’t fully unpacked the difficulties of entrepreneurship which can be better navigated with an intricate social capital. In its most practical form, networking broadens your access to a multitude of opportunities, be it direct employment or financial investment in your business ideas. Networking is not only about what you know; it is a combination of what and who you know, and we ought to explore the duality of the two umbrella keys to success.
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