Africa today is experiencing the most rapid urbanization in the world and remains a young population with 65% of her over 1.1billion population under the age of 35years. Population Reference Bureau (PRB) projects Africa’s population to more than double, rising from 1.1 billion today to 2.4 billion by 2050. Africa’s youth bulge presents both an opportunity and a challenge. Rapid population growth makes it difficult for economies to create enough jobs to lift large numbers of people out of poverty. Policy makers at national and sub-regional levels are overwhelmed by challenges of unemployment, quality and access to education and basic services like health required in tapping Africa’s demographic dividend. The implications of this challenge poses intractable threat to Africa: requiring collaborative efforts in addressing it.
Building on the themes and outcomes of previous African Youth and Governance Conferences (AYGCs) held annually from 2009 to 2016, the 9th AYGC, will provide a platform for the young participants to interrogate critical continental and global issues of relevance to youth development in Africa under the conference broad theme "HARNESSING AFRICA'S DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND THROUGH INVESTMENTS IN YOUTH”.
"Connecting Africa Together"
Over 35 African Countries & the Diaspora
Sat. Aug. 5
Arrival of Officials (Committee Chairs, Conference Support Teams, etc.)
Briefing and Training Session I
Sun. Aug. 6
Training of Committee Chairs. Media and Organizing Teams Session II
Arrival of ALL other delegates and Team Building I
Mon. Aug. 7
Official Opening with Government officials and Partners (African Wear)
Sub-Theme: "Intergenerational Mentorship Dialogue: Key to Harnessing Africa's Demographic Dividend"
Keynote Speaker: H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo
Topic: "Preserving the Past, Capturing the Present and Inspiring the Future - Key to Harnessing Africa's Demographic Dividend"
Plenary Session (PS I): Panel style on conference theme
Team Building II
Committee (Research) Work - Session I
Partners' Networking/Strategic Alliance Building (Roundtable discussions)
Tue Aug. 8
Committee (Research) Work - Session II
Plenary Session II - on Conference theme (Panel Style)
Delegates' exhibition of project (ongoing and concepts/ideas)- individual or group
Delegates' pitching of project ideas - to audience and panel of judges
Partners' Exhibition and Info session with delegates
Professional Networking (Career Hubs)
Wed. Aug. 9
Committee Work - Session III - Expert Coaches Session
Committee Work - Session IV - Drafting of Motions
Group Tour - Olumo Rock and Aso Oke Village in Abeokuta
Thur. Aug 10
Committee Work - Session VI - Finalization of Motions
Preparation for General Assembly/Grande Debate - Expert Coaching
Fri. Aug. 11
GRANDE DEBATE ON RESOLUTIONS - General Assembly
Socialization and Entertainment at OOPL Bamboo Groove OOPL
Commemoration of International Youth Day with Youth Development Centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library
African Night - with Finalists of Ghana's Most Beautiful Pageants
Country-specific Costume show/display
Departure of Delegates
Youth Bridge Foundation,