For the Africa we want, today and forever.
Celebrating Africa is not only paying close attention to its challenges, but above all contributing to the creation of the necessary conditions for its development, without forgetting its history and identity.
It is undeniable today that the impact caused by the pandemic has placed millions of people in extreme poverty, without any type of social protection and with restricted access to services and resources capable of guaranteeing them an active, inclusive and expressive participation, particularly with regard to decision-making processes. Added to this are the delays in access to vaccines, which contribute to accentuate inequalities on the African continent.
On the 19th of May, as part of the inauguration of an open debate dedicated to the theme “Addressing the root causes of conflicts while promoting post-pandemic recovery in Africa”, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, recalled the “severe impact of the pandemic on young people, especially in Africa, the continent [with youngest population]”, and stated that “the loss of education, employment and income opportunities generates a feeling of alienation, marginalization and mental ‘stress’ that can be exploited by criminals and extremists”.
Today, World Africa Day, it is important to remember challenges such as those mentioned by António Guterres and it is important to understand how everyone can contribute to making Africa a more just, peaceful and equitable continent, in which all children and young people can have access to an Education that guarantees them the opportunity to be whatever they want to Be, in a life project that they must be able to choose in freedom.
Part of AIDGLOBAL’s work focuses on this principle, which finds in Education the cornerstone for the development of society on a global scale, in compliance with the objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in the 2063 Agenda of the African Union.
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Africa Day is an annual commemoration celebrated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May – it was precisely on this day, in 1963, that 32 independent African states signed the founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 2002, the OAU became the African Union.