What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Millions of young people in Africa have no opportunity for tertiary education and/or gainful employment. This is because (1) young people have training but do not have the skills employers are looking for, (2) young people do not have training and come from families who cannot afford the costs of tertiary education. Depression and despair soon set in and this leads to alcoholism and substance abuse, casual and unprotected sexual activity (simply because of boredom), which results in sexually transmitted infections including the widespread proliferation of HIV and Aids, and often, ultimately suicide.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Young People in Africa:
- Africa has the youngest population in the world
- Africa has 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (this is set to double by 2045)
- The population of sub-Saharan Africa is reportedly growing at the fastest rate in the world with 65% being below 30 years of age
- 15 million young people in Africa enter the labour market every year unable to find jobs, either because there are not enough jobs to go around, or because skills do not match the needs of employers
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What is your solution?
Young people in Africa:
We will invest in the lives of less fortunate young people by (a) getting them into tertiary and university education or (b) helping young people to find employment, or (c) working with young people to begin small income generating enterprises. For young people wishing to begin a small enterprise we can supply high quality, low cost promotional and marketing media to include, brand design, website design, video (including animation and motion graphics) and online marketing – all designed to put the young person’s new enterprise a step ahead.
How will you deliver this?
We will combine our own collective training, skills and wide experience in collaboration with local government, councils and other existing service providers with which we have contact and relationship on the ground in Africa.
Future Point (Africa) will supply information and resources via a website that will become more of an online community hub. Membership of Future Point (Africa) by young people will give access to additional resources that can be obtained in exchange for modest payments.