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Business and orgs unite to help Africa's youth leapfrog

By , ITWeb
Africa , 08 Dec 2023

Leap Africa, a non-profit organisation focused on youth development, together with Dow, Africa a leader in materials science, and other strategic partners have concluded the 2023 Youth Day of Service (YDoS) campaign.

Strategic partners have concluded the 2023 Youth Day of Service campaign.
Strategic partners have concluded the 2023 Youth Day of Service campaign.

The initiative claims to have reached 28 African countries and over 10,000 volunteers across different communities on the continent.

The month-long campaign, which kicked off on August 12 through 31, brought together young individuals to highlight their potential to achieve a sustainable future through volunteerism and community service.

These volunteers joined forces to tackle challenges and implement projects, including tree planting, painting, food drives, beach cleaning, digital sensitisation, medical outreach, prison outreach, and more in their communities.

All the executed projects were aligned with the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kehinde Ayeni, executive director, Leap Africa, expressed the organisations’ commitment to the actualisation of SDGs.

“Now in its fourth year, the Youth Day of Service campaign provides a platform for us to mobilize young people across the continent, re-orientating them with the theme “Youthful and Useful” and galvanising them to commit their skills, talents, time, and resources for the greater good of their communities”.

Sami Mainich, president, Dow Africa, added, “To Africa’s youth, I say: keep building the Africa you want. The youth matter, and they are the changemakers of tomorrow. Dow is committed to continuing working with them to create a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable Africa for all.”

The month-long campaign registered projects across different communities in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Algeria, Benin Republic, Burundi, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Liberia, Malawi, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The campaign was supported by various organisations across Africa, including ChildFund International, Emerging Leaders Foundation, BellaNaija, Forgotten Bottom Millions, Legit, Zikoko Citizen, W4 Immerse, Dotts Media, African Climate Reality Project, Strategic Youth Network for Development Ghana, Youth Development Organization, Zambia and Global Shapers Community, among others. 

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