Africa Youth Day 2016 Celebrated in Addis Ababa

Africa Youth Day took place on 1st November at the African Union Commission Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

November 11th, 2016
Dimitra Giannou, CD News

400 million young people from all over the African continent gathered on Tuesday 1st November to celebrate Africa Youth Day, a highly important celebration for the African government and especially for the young people who are the future of Africa.

The theme of this year’s day was promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the demographic dividend.

The main goals of the Africa Youth Day event are to recognize young people as guiding figures for economic and social reinforcement and development at all levels in the African region, as well as to boost the youth’s incentive, ideology and empiricism and make sure that African young people will continue to strive for the development of the African continent.

The subjects of discussion during the Africa Youth Day were: fostering young people in all the activities which concern the growth of their country; raising awareness, dedication and optimism amongst young leaders; and creating multicultural exchanges among young people for better partnerships and understanding.

Dr. Nikosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, stated during the African Youth Day: “a day like the African Youth Day presents an opportunity and platform to highlight the issues, roles and challenges of the African youth”. She also encouraged young people to consider this year’s theme, come up with creative ideas and, “take your rightful place as key drivers of our continent’s transformation”.

The Africa Youth Day is organised by the Youth Division Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology in the African Union Commission). More information can be found at


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