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Celebrating the African Youth Charter at Banjul+10

The 10th anniversary of the African Youth Charter was celebrated in Banjul, the Gambia, May 21-25, 2016. GESCI, took part in the commemoration organized by the AUC.

The event, Banjul +10, on the theme ‘10 Years Implementation of the African Youth Charter: Accelerating Youth Development in Africa’ was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC).

GESCI organized a side event to present its AKE – Creative Media Venture program.

It also made recommendations for the text being prepared for the next Youth Charter:

  1. It is crucial that Governments invest heavily in TVET with new digital technologies in all disciplines as traditional jobs increasingly utilise technology
  2. A spirit of enterprise and real time start-up supports must infuse all skills development courses and programmes. A few lectures and talking about entrepreneurialism does not make a young business person. Entrepreneurialism is a practical activity where the key learnings come by “doing it”.
  3. Coordinated supports must be provided by different Ministries of Government  and their organisations in order to:
    • provide space/accommodation for the start-up,
    • some seed money or investment money
    • access to business mentorship
    • equipment grant
    • tax relief
    • tax-breaks when new people are employed
  4. Countries must support the development of the cultural Industries by offering a course like AKE which integrates and applies digital technologies to culture and the creative arts to create new consumer products and services both for entertainment and business.

GESCI’s AKE-Creative Media venture programme builds African artists’ digital multi-media and entrepreneurial skills that lead on to the creation of enterprises in the cultural industry.

It is a first in the trialling and development of a new integrated model for skills and enterprise development in the creative digital media sector in Africa.

AKE is fully funded by the government of Finland.

Learn more about 'AKE-Creative Media Venture'

View what AKE participants produced in 2013-2015
Sound of the City
Child soldiers

http://www.au.int/en/newsevents/30351/commemoration-10th-anniversary-african-youth-charter

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