Engagement for a Future Vision: Participation at the 2nd Afrika Youth movement Retreat & Forum in Accra

How does it feel like to be the only Europeans among young African activists who are trying to bring a change in Africa? Unique! This was our feeling during the 5 days of the 2nd Afrika Youth Movement Retreat & Forum which took place in Accra on 18th till 22nd of April 2018.

When we are talking about Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) we refer to a pan-African, action-oriented, youth-led movement that strives for the participation, development and leadership of African youth to transform Africa and achieve their rights to peace, equality and social justice. The movement tries to create a continent that respects the rights of all its citizens. Through their works they promote values that binds the continent; unity, self-determination, integrity and accountability. Afrika Youth Movement has 10.000 members at 40 African countries.

We were the lucky European ones to be selected to participated in this Retreat and Forum, representing WE AfriHug. Departing from Tunisia, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia and Greece, all the delegates we arrived and gathered in Accra on 18th of April 2018. We had the chance to meet the members of the movement, its history and the Hubs which exist in each country.

Five days full of discussions and interactions with really active African youngsters who are struggling and fighting towards the idea of Pan-africanism and to change the situation in Africa in several fields.

Afrika Youth Movement has created several committees to focus on different projects according to the preferences of each member. Agriculture, Health, Peace & Development, Gender Equality and Education are the main Committees that operate in the HUBs of AYM across Afrika.

Because of our passion for Education and its significance, we were involved in the Committee of Education, interacting with activists who strive for quality education for all Africans.  During our discussions we brainstormed with various ideas on how to include non-formal education in the African reality, how to engage more children in education and how to change the perception of teachers regarding education. Non-formal education activities, multicultural panels, open discussions and exchange of opinions took place during the first four dates of the Retreat.

After the 4days Retreat, we took part in the Forum which took place at the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ghana. More delegates arrived and joined us this day. Several discussions with activists, policy makers and stakeholders focusing on Pan-africanism, Governance and Leadership, Youth and Women Empowerment, Peace and Justice, Agriculture and education in the context of realization of Agenda2063 and SDGs. konstantinos Maragkos facilitated the panel for the present and future of the Movement and Africa between the active members of Afrika Youth Movement from Tunisia, Kenya and Nigeria.

Full of enthusiasm and hope for the future of Afrika, we promised to be active members of the Afrika Youth Movement and strive for quality education for all.