Priest instructs African leaders on youth policies and motivation

NNN: Pastor Henry Akasili, executive director of A Smarter You Academy, a non-profit organization, called on African leaders to implement policies that would create an enabling environment for initiatives that can motivate young people.

Akasili made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the academy’s launch on Saturday in Lagos.

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The academy is powered by Africa for Africa Youth Initiative, also an international non-profit organization.

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This is a pan-African initiative that is positioned to produce a breed of young minds with renewed inspiration and motivation and a brighter future.

According to Akasili, young people embody great innovations and ideas, all ready to go.

He said, however, that the lack of motivation and good policies remained a major obstacle.

“When you talk about young people, you are looking at people who have innovation and skills. Their energy, if properly harnessed, could accelerate much-needed nation-building and change the narrative about Africa as a continent.

“Today we might see them getting involved in cyber crimes and other negative vices. They are quick-witted and it can be fixed.

“I can assure you that if they are well guided and a supportive environment is put in place, they will channel those skills into things that will be of great benefit to all.

“A major responsibility of all Heads of Government in Africa in advancing the course of re-education for young Africans is to ensure that the right policies are put in place to create that enabling environment for initiatives such as this ‘A Smarter You Academy’ to thrive. .

“Such policies will ensure that regulators do not prevent or stifle the activities of initiatives such as this,” he said.

The technical director of the academy, Mr. Ugo Dibia, noted that the academy is the solution to the multifaceted challenges facing the continent.

He said the challenges facing Africa were not entirely due to bad leadership, but rather to the education system.

According to him, the academy is one such initiative set up by the Africa for Africa Youth initiative to revamp and revamp the youth across the continent.

“It is because we saw the void in our education system that we decided to create this academy.

“We want to be able to produce thinkers and not just people going to school and graduating not knowing what to do with themselves.

“This academy is here to help change that culture, shaping the mindset of our young people so that when they graduate, they are not only good administrators, but also good producers.

“We train them to be effective in the workplace and creative enough to create and start their own business. This is how we move between entrepreneurial skills and employability skills.

“If they choose to work in a business, we teach them how to be effective in that business and if they choose to be left alone, we also teach them how to be effective business owners and ultimately a global player.

“This academy has indeed come to stay and it is a game-changer for African challenges,” he said.

He added that the academy was open for enrollment to undergraduate students from universities, graduates from other tertiary institutions and high school students.

According to him, the academy is located in all major cities in Nigeria and Africa.

He listed how to start a business, how to generate business ideas, how to improve personal character and basic communication skills as some of the courses that would be taught at the academy.

Others include personal finance management, marketing skills, digital marketing, and website development.

“Each course has a different duration, but our aim is that in six months it will be completed with whichever course the individual chooses.

“We look forward to involving or partnering with the federal government and other interested stakeholders.

“Remember that we have over 200 million young people across Africa and so we want to see how these programs could be incorporated into the curriculum, especially in universities and other tertiary institutions.

“This will go a long way to changing Africa’s narrative, especially in the area of ​​productivity.

“So we will also be happy if we can get other stakeholders to partner with us to further build this academy across Africa, so that we can impact more young people,” he said. he declares.

Mr. Sharpman Olumatin, Country Manager, Africa for Africa Youth Initiative said the organization through its outreach and entrepreneurship programs aims to re-educate African youth and inspire them to find solutions to socio-economic challenges. and policies in Africa.

“What we want is for our young people to play an active role in the development of an egalitarian African society, as well as in the promotion of Pan-Africanism.

Mr. Fortune Nkweke, Chief Operating Officer, Africa for Africa Youth Initiative, said the organization has over 80,000 members in 25 countries across the continent.

He noted that the organization was primarily aimed at empowering young Africans as well as changing the stereotype that had been associated with Africa.

“This organization, created in 2018, aims to ensure that the story of Africa is told as it is and not as some perceive it.

“Africa has more virtues among the young population with many of them in technology, many others with great innovations, ideas and we don’t see them there.

“Many of them go to the Diaspora because they feel that Africa does not provide the right environment for prosperity.

“So the organization is creating systems and platforms through the various programs and initiatives that we have, to ensure that every young person in Africa has the mindset to look for ways to contribute their quota to the development of their nations. respective countries and of Africa as a continent,” he said.

NAN reports that more than 50 young people from all African countries including Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa attended the launch of the academy.

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