A study on the role and contributions of young people to peace and security in Africa"Each generation of young people must, beyond all obscurantism, discover its mission, accomplish it or betray it" 

INTRODUCTION

When it comes to African youth, there is no “one size fits all” account of their daily experiences. Whether it is protests against weak social infrastructure, bad governance, or advocacy for the establishment of idea incubators and start-ups, young Africans, according to their different contexts and environments, discover, fulfill and betray their mission as predicted by Franz Fanon nearly sixty years ago. This study does not miss the opportunity to capture and document the richness of the daily encounters and experiences of young Africans, which unfortunately are often overlooked and / or underestimated; as well as the implication of what they do, or do not do, for society and for the state, including in matters of peace and security. This responds to the belated need to bring particular stories of young Africans to light from their own perspectives, the way they would like them to be told, and not the prevailing rhetoric, often not condescending, sometimes contemptuous and contemptuous. disdainful.

One of theirs, Chimamanda Adichie, had used the phrase “the danger of one story” to describe a situation in which stories about individuals, groups or countries are told from an often negative angle. This is how the general public in Africa, at least most of them, have often viewed and treated its young population, far from who they really are. The unique history is not only imagined, nourished and reproduced by combinations of prejudices, false or false ideas; but it is also conveyed and reinforced so as to gradually become "the truth" or, at least, part of the truth. Therefore, telling a “balanced story” of African youth must begin, as is the case in this report, by listening attentively to these young people and learning from them, by approaching them in their own spaces, far from the world. adults, to see how well they fulfill or betray the ideals of the current generation.

We hope that the hundreds of young Africans who have taken their time, often abandoning their daily activities of life and survival, in order to contribute substantially to enriching this work, will find themselves in the ideas expressed here; that they will feel their stories come to life between these lines and that this report will do them justice. They clearly expressed their hope that the way their stories would be told would act as a trigger for a paradigm shift in the view governments and society have of their most precious citizens: young people. Read more

 

source: African Union / Skin

Publication date: June 2020