Young african think'rs
"The minds, energy, dynamism and availability of the youth, properly harnessed and set on the right moral foundations, will build a great and hope-filled Kenya; a great and hope-filled Africa.
Africa has the largest population of young people in the world. Every day, Africa is at the precipice of unprecedented greatness or immense disaster.
The current and future quality of life for the average African youth is jeopardized by various factors – unemployment, underemployment, lack of access to social services, few opportunities to influence decision making – to mention a few. The situation is further compounded by the seeming disintegration of the moral foundations of the societies where the youth live. However, there is a chance for Kenya and for Africa at large to change the course of that narrative.
In July 2007, the Kenya Vision 2030 was released – the country’s blue print for development that embodied the ambitious national aspirations for the Republic of Kenya. In January 2015, the leaders of the continent put down Agenda 2063 – a comprehensive vision for the continent of Africa.
Both Kenya Vision 2030 and Agenda 2063 embody positive social, political and economic transformation for the youth. They also recognize that the youth will be the drivers of this transformation. The minds, energy, dynamism and availability of the youth when properly harnessed and set on the right moral foundations will build a great and hope-filled Kenya; a great and hope-filled Africa.
There is a choice to be made. To either create a disastrous future by denying the youth an opportunity to be the transformation that Africa so badly needs or to equip and empower the youth as they catalyse the transformation that will redefine Africa’s identity. Through the Young African Think’rs Convention, we strive to make the latter happen.
YATC Kenya 2017
YATC Kenya 2018
The Young African Think'rs was launched in Kenya with an inaugural convention from November 15 - 17 at the UN-Habitat, Nairobi. The convention comprised of two days of concentrated dialogue, brainstorming forums and work sessions on areas such as education, ICT, national cohesion, business, healthcare and finance.
Over 80 young Kenyans participated in the three day event. As it concluded, the outcomes were presented to a panel consisting of the Ambassador of Tanzania, UN officials, a representative from the Nairobi County Government and the CEO of Timeless Women of Wonder. The convention also heard from great personalities such as Dr. Manu Chandaria.
YATC Kenya was a big success not only because of the polished and implementable outcomes, but also because of the fire that was ignited in the young participants who are now inspired, empowered and equipped to be the change in their communities.
The mindset of people can either unlock the door to development, or conversely, shut off progress. A secure, confident and sound mindset could be the difference between Africa’s current reality and achieving our potential. As demonstrated by the 2018 African Union’s theme, Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path for Africa’s Transformation, the fight against corruption requires the urgent task of transforming our minds. To win the fight and set Africa on the path to sustainable development, beyond an enabling policy environment, individual ideas and habits must align with the development agenda envisioned by the AU’s Agenda 2063. This is a foundational and crucial step towards achieving the Africa We Want. It is this background that informed the 2018 Young African Think’rs Convention (YATC) – Kenya.
The Young African Think’rs Convention (YATC) - Kenya chapter was hosted from the 5 – 7 December 2018 at the UN-Habitat. The convention gathered 100 young people from across the country to participate in the solutionfinding process towards realizing Kenya’s Vision 2030. The 2018 Convention was themed “Understanding and Owning Africa’s Cultural Identity: Using the creative industry for effective messaging towards a one-generation turnaround.”