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Presentation @ African - Europe youth platform seminar on youth (un)employment: by Adikwu Michael

Presentation @ African - Europe youth platform seminar on youth (un)employment: by Adikwu Michael

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  • 1. Seminar on ‘Decent work and Youth Unemployment’at the first Africa-Europe Youth Platform Meeting in Addis Ababa, 4 – 8 November 2012 A reflection presented by Adikwu Michael Network of International Youth Organizations in Africa (NIYOA)
  • 2. The story of thefisherman and the professor in a canoe
  • 3. While there is no singular definition ofemployability, a review of literaturessuggests that employability is about workand the ability to be employed. It is thecapacity and capability of gaining andmaintaining productive work over the periodof ones working life.
  • 4. To understand the impact of governance on youthemployment, I will like us to reflect on few questions:Was the Arab Spring the result of youth unemploymentor the result of a governance structure that failed to giveenough attention to tackling youth unemployment?Education: does our education system promote actuallearning over paper qualification? How has ICT beenincorporated into learning in our institutions?
  • 5.  Politicalstructures: does the ostensible living of our politicians encourage youths to be creative and work with their hands or does it encourage cheating to get a top political office? BilateralCooperation: Has Aids really worked? Is it true that NGOs and Foreign donors buildings (housing) occupy the more arable and productive lands that could have been used for agriculture?
  • 6.  Civil Service: how regular is retraining and promotion exercises in the civil service? Immigration:does our immigration laws favour cheap labour but promote poor working conditions for immigrants?
  • 7.  National Youth Service schemes Strengthened partnership and increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Increased internship and volunteer works Virtual learning system (training courses such as the global education online course) Increased attention and expansion in the informal sector Increased Public – private partnership (PPP) Access to micro-finance and support for SMEs The universities on youth and development (Cape Verde, Mollina, Uruguay, etc)
  • 8.  Continue and improve on the above measures already taken Promote social inclusion. Think and provide for the minority groups and differently abled people De-emphasize the so much attention that is placed on paper qualification rather than actual learning and competence Provide decent part-time jobs Shift focus from Aids effectiveness to development effectiveness
  • 9.  Fight corruption. It’s a two way traffic; there are givers and receivers (unfortunately some are in form of foreign partnership) Reduce military spending and invest the funds into development work Encourage agriculture and access to market for agricultural produce Promote research work. Reduce the bottlenecks that prevent access to funds for SMEs or youth empowerment actions
  • 10. WHAT IS YOUR OPINIONON THE ABOVESUGGESTIONS AND WHATDO YOU SUGGESTSHOULD BE DONE TOMAKE YOUNG PEOPLEEMPLOYABLE?
  • 11. THANK YOU