Currently, 10 – 12 million youths enter the African workforce each year but only 3.1 million jobs are created. In addition to those that are jobless on the continent 60% are youths aged between 18 and 35. With Africa forecasted to have the largest working age population by the year 2035 we are sitting on a ticking time bomb if we do not prepare Africa's young people earlier to be creators of economic opportunities for themselves and for others. At Emergination Africa we believe the solution is in developing young people that can create opportunities for themselves as they create opportunities for others. The past four months have been a busy period for us at Emergination Africa as we prepare to implement our simple guiding principles which are train, identify, nurture and channel youth talent and potential nicknamed "TINC."
Innovating Education in Africa 2020 Recognition by the African Union
During the course of the quarter, Emergination Africa was recognized as part of the Innovating Education in Africa 2020 by the African Union, for implementing Teacher Professional Development Training. We take pride in being celebrated as an outstanding brainchild for the Education Innovations in Africa amongst the 50 innovations picked.
Innovating Education in Africa (IEA) is a flagship programme of the African Union Commission and Partners, intended to identify and promote practical social and technological innovations aimed at enhancing access, quality, relevance and inclusion in education in order to release the potential for empowerment, employability and inventiveness.
As part of the events for this year, 50 Innovations were selected for documentation in the Africa Education Innovations Handbook, which serves as a reference point for Member States, RECs, and Partner Organisations in the development of national and regional education programmes. The innovators, including Emergination Africa of course, have also been connected to the Africa Education Innovators Network to facilitate experience sharing and partnerships for sustainability and resilience of their innovations.
We are humbled by this recognition and at the same time proud of the incredible milestone.