Wed. Feb 20th, 2019

#ASYS2018: Lessons and Concerns as All Africa Students and Youth Summit enters Day 4

The delegation of Kenyan students and youths had a lot to learn and take home at the close of the third day of the 7th All Africa Students and Youth Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The main theme for the third day was “Quality and Inclusive Education for all in Africa” and the panelists and speakers that were engaged in driving the theme did not disappoint as they touched on important points that needed to be talked about.

A Section of the Delegates at the All Africa Students and Youth Summit pose for a photo on the sidelines of the event | PHOTO: Courtesy

There were four different parallel sessions on the third day of the summit including the role of science and technology innovation to drive African development, a fit for purpose curriculum for Africa with priority to home based solutions, enhancing technical and vocational training to drive African development agenda, and the role of big data research in development of Africa.

Speaking to The Campus Lady Magazine at the close of the third day, Students and Legal Aid Researchers (SALAR) UON Parklands Campus student Valarie Wendy Yiega was ecstatic on how the sessions for the day had impacted on her.

Vallarie Wendy Yiega from the Students and Legal Aid Researchers (SALAR) UON Parklands Campus (Kenya) | PHOTO: Courtesy

“My take home is that we need to bring back carpentry and textile training that used to provide cultural identity to Africa but still promoted the economy of the continent,” Miss Yiega told The Campus Lady.

“The speakers of the day talked about how to ensure safety and security of all African children under SDG 4 giving an example of Garissa university and Boko haram in Nigeria,” she added.

One of the speaker of the day was Nobel laureate and founder of the Kailash Satyarthi‏ Children’s Foundation Dr Kailash Satyarthi‏ who spoke about opening opportunities for children and youth through freedom from labor and abuse.

Dr. Satyarthi‏ stressed on the need for the AU to create opportunities for the youth Policy making and removing economic restrictions affecting the youth such as making deals with big companies instead of small youth entrepreneurs Making the youth aware of AU Agenda 2063.

However, some delegates have registered their dissatisfaction with the organisation of the summit.

“The summit has so far been good and helpful to students youth and Africa as a whole. But I will plead with the organizers to please make room for Unions from various countries to give their institutional reports. When done I believe we can effectively help our people” noted Kofi Yesu from Ghana.

“Please attendees should be given time to air their views. We are not given enough time to speak…then what is the point of this? I didn’t come here to listen to panelists speak to me… I came to be heard as well… Please let’s review this Thank you!” Aduka George from Nigeria posted on Twitter.

Curtains are set to go down on the summit on Saturday 28th July 2018.

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