Over 1,000 attend All Africa Youth Congress

Mustapha Ussif (6th from left), Minister of Youth and Sports, and Reverend Dr Fidon Mwombeki, General Secretary of the Pan African Conference of Churches, flanked by Youth Congress leaders

More than 1,000 young people, representing 44 Anglophone and Francophone African countries, are gathering in Accra to reflect on ways to inspire young people to realize their potential and the opportunities needed to reposition the continent for sustainable growth and development.

The five-day congress, themed “Africa: My Home, My Future,” is organized by the Pan African Conference of Churches (AACC), which has its continental secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Christian Council of Ghana . .

It also attracted the participation of stakeholder organizations from around the world, including the African Union, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

The official opening of the congress at the Pentecostal Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh, last Tuesday also coincided with the African Youth Day instituted in 2006 and celebrated on November 1 each year by an African Youth Charter under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC).

Congress participants discuss topics relevant to Africa’s socio-economic development agenda such as “the promotion of African youth and patriotism”; “Campaigning for African Dignity”; “Advocating for Peace, Justice and Security” and “Fostering Active Citizenship”.

Invest in education

In a keynote address, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, said investing in education, health, entrepreneurial skills and empowerment were significant and viable ways for African countries to achieve the youth potential.

“Our young people represent a wide range of realities, skills and talents, and it is in this diversity that the solutions to the continent’s problems can be found,” he said.

Mr. Ussif noted that his ministry has developed a national youth policy aimed at harnessing the potential of young people through skills training, to enable them to contribute significantly to promoting development in the country and beyond. of the.

Diary 2063

AACC Secretary General, Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki, has called on the youth of Africa to join forces to achieve the aspirations of Agenda 2063 for a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa, leading to the Africa we want to.

Agenda 2063 is Africa’s development plan to achieve inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development over a 50-year period.

“You must commit to working and fighting for a peaceful Africa anchored on reliable and enduring democratic leadership. You must reject the unconstitutional transfer of power, through your active citizenship, fighting for political positions in your own countries to change the course of history,” he said.

Change Agents

Earlier in a welcome address, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Ghana and former President of the Christian Council of Ghana, Bishop Paul Boafo urged young Africans to see themselves as agents of change who can position themselves to the future. challenges the world will face.

He also urged young people to uphold the socio-moral values ​​of integrity, selflessness and discipline as vital ingredients, adding that strengthening their commitment to faith by developing a relationship with God would facilitate their success in life. .