400 million youths commemorate Africa Youth Day

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Young people all over Africa joined in the celebration of Africa Youth Day on Tuesday in recognition of the youth as key agents for social change and economic growth in all aspects of the African society.

The Africa Youth Day which takes place every November 1, was proclaimed and instituted in 2006, to ensure that African youth continue to strive for ownership in Africa’s development.

“A day like the African Youth Day presents an opportunity and platform to highlight the issues, roles and challenges of the African youth,” Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said.

She also called on the youth to ponder over the theme for this year’s celebration – Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the Demographic Dividend – and come up with innovative ideas and “take your rightful place as key drivers of our continent’s transformation”.

The African Union Commission today launched the Youth Mainstreaming Guideline, at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, to enjoin the youth in all of the commission’s development activities, Zuma announced.

Despite the day not being a statutory holiday in African countries, many historically Catholic countries in Africa and the world over are observing All Saints Day which coincides with the Africa Youth Day.

The African Union Commission has however encouraged young people to host activities in their communities.

Below is how African youths celebrated the day.