The Pan African Youth Festival is an African Youth forum convened jointly between AYF in partnership with Advocacy for Youth Empowerment and Capacity Building (AYEC) that brings together African youth from across the continent, civil society actors, duty bearers, key strategic stake holders, the academia, youth leaders and the general public to awaken their conscious and catalyze their active engagement in the African integration processes across the entire spectrum. The overarching goal is to position African youth firmly at the center of the integration processes, leverage on their creative energies and issues into the fore and build a strong social fabric necessary for the success of the African integration process, interact and have an interface with their leaders and policy makers to interrogate the current continental issues and generate practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems.
The Pan African youth festival is Africa´s most inspiring youth event that celebrates, empowers, and connects the African youth innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors driving Action for the Agenda 2063/ Sustainable Development Goals and transforming lives.
The Pan-African Youth Festival is anchored on Arts, Culture, technology and conversations which offer young Africans an opportunity to engage on multiple platforms and critical issues. Participants engage in a wide range of robust activities ranging from self-organized coverings, solidarity marches, music, cultural expressions sports, road shows and community outreach.
The Pan African Youth Festival springs from the need for young people owned and driven African cohesion processes as envisaged in the Article 26(i) of the African Youth Charter which calls African youth to fully promote patriotism and unity towards the cohesion of Africa.
- The Pan African Youth festival provides a viable forum for public engagement in the policy debate. Policy dialogue will be deepened, gaps defined and popular input made to inform key policy recommendations.
- Strategic Alliances strengthened; The Pan African Youth Festival will facilitate building of purposeful cross-border alliances and solidarities for the young African community participatory transformative change and advocacy.
- Capacities enhanced; The Pan African Youth Festival will provide opportunity for cross-border skills and knowledge sharing and transfer amongst young Africans.
- Advocacy The Pan African Youth Festival is committed to enhancing the youth capacities and effectiveness of social movements in driving Africa’s productive potentials towards a positive transformative continent. Effective advocacy campaigns are and have been proven to be a key tool for social movements. The Pan African Youth Festival is therefore dedicated to strengthening the advocacy capabilities of the youth participants.
- Fast-tracking of African Youth Charter implementation by different youth stakeholders on the continent.
- Widen strategic youth frontiers; The Festival also seeks to expand the influence of young social movements and to promote innovations for greater effectiveness. The Pan African Youth Festival will provide an opportunity for extending these initiatives.
- Civic Awareness, Competence and Engagement enhanced; The ultimate objective is direct and substantive civic participation. Enhanced civic awareness and competence are a pre-requisite. The Pan African Youth Festival is a critical contribution to this end.
- The festival will focus, for 3-4 days, on the involvement of young people in Africa’s economic growth, while revisiting the issues of:
- unemployment and underemployment of young people;
- equality between men, women and the disabled in the workplace;
- inadequacy of training curricula to the needs of the market;
- governance framework for youth employment;
- entrepreneurship of young people;
- strengthening of employability;
- digital economy;
- entrepreneurial and social leadership.
- Participants will benefit from all festival activities
- Plenary sessions
- Self organised Convenings
- networking sessions
- Solidarity matches
Registrations are open for:
- Young Activists
- Representatives of Youth Civil Society Organizations
- Students from Universities and Schools
- Representatives of Private and Public Enterprises
- Local and governmental authorities
Eligible Regions: Open for All African Countries