International

Reclaim Africa! Young leaders call on peers to make their mark


JOHANNESBURG, MAY 17  – The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit, a pan-African annual conference for youth leaders from across the continent will be hosted from 22nd – 24 May 2019.

The Summit, will be hosted under the theme ‘Reclaim Africa’ – which organisers describe as a call to action for young people to work towards an Africa they desire to be a part of. The three day gathering encourages youth participation in governance, social change and the economy through topics that impart knowledge, engage thought and inspire action.

Delegates of the Summit range from young leaders from diverse backgrounds such as media, politics, academia and business – with the aim of driving inter-country relations and collaborations. Our long standing partner Puja Kerii Kavetevua from Windhoek in Namibia and project coordinator for the Namibia Women Association is a clear example of what the summit is about.

The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit is about forming partnerships and collaborations across the continent. The benefit to the Namibian youths is networking with youths from across the continent. Previously we have had delegates from over 18 African countries attending the summit. This year, Odille Gertze from Namibia will be speaking at the event.

Business opportunities are also available as we promote as much regional intergration as possible. Support for social causes is an opportunity to be explored as the different planery sessions focus on both economic and social issues on the continent. Insights about what is happening on the continent and opportunities for youth on the continent are also one of the benefits as we have high level speakers sharing their knowledge at the summit.

“Since its inception two years ago the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth summit has hosted over 200 young leaders representing 18 African countries. This has created a web of collaborations and partnerships across various sectors, movements and communities. As a platform the summit presents an opportunity for young people to connect, learn and create in concert around pertinent areas of leadership, development and how we can right the future of the kind of Africa we want to exist in,” says Programme Manager Paul Modjadji.

The organisers announced in March that this year’s Summit would be the last one to be hosted in South Africa. This would mean that the next Summit, to be hosted in 2021, would be hosted in another African country. The Summit, which not only brings young people together, also celebrates Africa day and month – by engaging in conversations which are led by and serve young people.

The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative is a multi-platform initiative that includes education, empowerment drives as well as the conference. Founded by The Leaders Who Dare To Dream Foundation and led by a collective of youth social entrepreneurs, the initiative undertakes efforts to connect African youth through dialogue and conferencing, workshops and arts programmes.

Through various partnerships with global NGO’s, government and the private sector, the Conference has driven robust conversation, given a platform for youth thought leadership and the building of networks among African youth in social and commercial entrepreneurship. – NDN Staffer